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ELEANOR HALL: In Pakistan, dozens of people were killed overnight and more than 100 were wounded in
what appeared to be a coordinated terrorist attack across two cities.

In the eastern city of Lahore, two bombs ripped through a clothes market leaving cars and shops
ablaze. That attack came hours after a suicide bomber killed 10 people outside a courthouse in the
northern city of Peshawar.

These are the latest in a series of attacks that are being blamed on the Taliban, which is trying
to stop a government offensive against its strongholds in Pakistan's north-west.

Michael Vincent has more.

MICHAEL VINCENT: At the end of the day, the Moon Market in Lahore is popular with women looking for
clothes and shoes. Many shop with their children in tow. It's the wedding season and the shopping
district was packed.

Just before nine at night a remote-controlled bomb exploded at one end of the market. Thirty
seconds later as survivors raced to escape, a second remote-controlled bomb was detonated.

Irfan Nazeer is a local shop owner.

IRFAN NAZEER (translated): The blast occurred right in front of my eyes. It was so strong that
everyone lost their senses. No one went towards where the blast had occurred. Everyone was running
in the opposite direction. People were bumping into each other and falling. Some children got left
behind. Others were trampled. It was like the end of the world.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Another witness to the aftermath was Mohammad Ahmad.

MOHAMMAD AHMAD (translated): Suddenly we heard the loud noise of an explosion. We were quite far
away from the scene and we saw one man who fell down as he ran away. After a few seconds another
blast happened and everywhere became dark before our eyes. Everybody was running around and we saw
one dead body on the ground and another one over there.

MICHAEL VINCENT: There were bodies strewn across the street and fires broke out in shops and cars.

This witness says it was chaotic.

WITNESS (translated): We were screaming for help but people were rushing away in cars and nobody
stopped to help. I picked up two injured women whose legs were badly injured. They were both
screaming.

MICHAEL VINCENT: The fires soon took hold and despite concerns there were still survivors trapped,
the initial response from emergency crews was cautious.

The commissioner for Lahore, Khusro Pervez.

KHUSRO PERVEZ (translated): To contain the fallout the deputy commissioner and his team have
arrived at the scene with the fire brigade. They are all working together and hopefully will
contain the fire, God willing.

We are apprehensive about one thing. There is a diesel tank close by and firefighters are drawing
up a strategy to stop it from catching fire.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Officials say at least 34 people were killed in this twin-bombing - a toll that's
expected to rise.

More than 100 people were wounded, many suffering horrific burns.

It's reportedly the first attack on public markets in Punjab province.

In October, 125 people were killed in Pakistan's worst attack in two years when a suicide car bomb
ripped through a market in Peshawar.

The Pakistani Prime Minister has condemned the latest market bombing as well as a suicide bombing
outside a courthouse in Peshawar earlier in the day which killed 10.

His army has vowed to continue its offensive against Taliban strongholds.

ELEANOR HALL: Michael Vincent there.