Bombs Kill 24 in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan -- Massive suicide bombs ripped through a seven-story police headquarters and a business in Lahore on Tuesday, killing at least 24 people and wounding more than 200, deepening Pakistan's security crisis as a wave of Islamic militancy sweeps the country.

The two blasts happened about 15 minutes apart in different districts of the city. The first tore the facade from the Federal Investigation Agency building and damaged scores of homes in the neighborhood.

City police chief Malik Mohammed Iqbal said an explosives-packed car was driven into a parking lot and detonated next to a building housing a department of the federal police's anti-terrorism unit.

Twenty-one people were killed, including 16 police, officials said. Mian Muhammad Ejaz, a top city administrator, said there were over 200 people wounded. Doctors at Lahore hospitals said the dead included a 3-year-old girl, and 32 girls were injured by flying debris at an elementary school near the police building.

The second explosion shattered an office in a residential neighborhood, about 25 kilometers away. Police investigator Tasaddaq Hussain said two children and the wife of the house's gardener were killed.

Police chief Iqbal said both blasts were suicide attacks.

Also Tuesday, Australia announced it was postponing its cricket tour to Pakistan, because of security concerns.