At least 22 people, all but one of them policemen, have been killed by a suicide bomber in the Pakistan city of Lahore. Security was high ahead of an anti-government demonstration by lawyers and judges, but witnesses said the bomber arrived at the High Court on a motorbike, then walked over to the police line, and blew himself up. More than 60 other people were wounded. Lahore is the capital of Punjab, Pakistan’s richest and most populous province. There have been attacks across the country, but this is the first in Lahore.
Hundreds have died in the violence sweeping through Pakistan, including the opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. She was assassinated as she left an election rally in Rawalpindi on December the 27th, her death forcing the postponement of this week’s scheduled elections. President Pervez Musharraf’s critics fear he will use the escalating violence to cancel the elections altogether, and re-impose emergency rule.