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NEW: At least 20 people killed in three suicide bombings in Pakistani city of Lahore

Two of the attacks targeted an office of the Federal Investigation Agency

Police said the building was destroyed and 1,000 people normally work there

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- At least 20 people were killed and 50 others were wounded Tuesday in three suicide bombings in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, a high-ranking police official told CNN.

Two of the attacks targeted an office of the Federal Investigation Agency -- one at the main gate and the other inside. At least 16 people were killed in that blast, which happened shortly before 9:30 a.m.

"The scene is absolutely devastating," CNN's Reza Sayah reported. "This building has multiple floors and Lahore police describe it as completely destroyed."

A police official said up to 1,000 people normally work there.

"Whoever did this wanted to inflict maximum damage," Sayah reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The Federal Investigation Agency is a national investigative agency -- similar to the FBI in the United States -- and is surrounded by heavy security.

A third suicide bomber exploded outside a house being used by an advertising agency in a residential area known as Model Town, killing at least four people.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro strongly condemned the "terrorist blasts" and expressed sorrow over the loss of life, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported. He said every effort would be made to catch the culprits and punish them.

Just a week ago, twin suicide bombers set off explosives at the Pakistan Navy War College in Lahore, killing at least five people and wounding at least 16.

In early January, a suicide bomber, apparently targeting police, detonated an explosive outside a court in Lahore, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 58.
CNN's Reza Sayah reports.
Source: CNN
Added On March 11, 2008

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