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Protests in Pakistan after suicide shrine blasts

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Hundreds of Pakistani protesters have taken to the streets of Lahore demanding a crackdown against militants after a deadly suicide blast in the city.

At least 42 people are now known to have died in yesterday’s bloodshed at Pakistan’s most important Sufi shrine. More than 120 others were also injured.

The attack piles fresh pressure on the government with many demonstrators accusing it of failing to do enough to protect people.

Authorities have beefed up security at shrines across the country following the violence with the central province of Punjab becoming a key target for al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

The twin suicide blast ripped through the courtyard of the shrine. It’s thought the first bomb went off in the basement.

The second bomber detonated his device as worshippers fled maximising the number of casualties. Taliban militants generally abhor the Sufi strand of Islam and disapprove of Muslims visiting shrines.