20 killed as bomb explodes at Pakistan gas station

March 8, 2011 11:30

FAISALABAD, Pakistan - Militants set off a car-bomb at a natural gas filling station in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad on Tuesday killing about 20 people and wounding more than 100, police and city officials said.

The car-bomb set off gas cylinders causing a big explosion that destroyed or severely damaged nearby buildings and reduced numerous vehicles to burnt-out wrecks.

There was no claim of responsibility but district police chief Aftab Cheema blamed militants behind a wave of recent bomb attacks in the nuclear-armed US ally.

"These are the same people who are carrying out terrorist activities in the country," Cheema told Reuters.

He said about 20 people had been killed and more than 100 wounded in the blast in Pakistan's textile-producing hub, 280 km (175 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad.

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