Two blasts rock Pakistani towns

Other News Materials 12 June 2009 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

Two bombs have exploded in different parts of Pakistan, killing several people, reports say, BBC reported.

One blast hit an Islamic religious school in the eastern city of Lahore, killing a leading anti-Taliban cleric.

The other blast was reported at a mosque near a military depot near in the north-western town of Nowshera.

Three people were reported killed and several others hurt in the garrison town, close to Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province.

A spokesman for the Jaamia Naeemia madrassa in Lahore said the school's senior cleric was killed by the blast. There were other reports of injuries.

The Lahore school, one of the most famous in Pakistan, said Sarfaraz Naeemi, a religious scholar opposed to the Taliban, had been killed.

He was known for his outspoken views against suicide bombings and militancy, and was one of the few scholars who had openly supported the ongoing military operation in Swat.

Mr Naeemi had labelled the activities of the Taliban as "un-Islamic".

In the other attack, which happened almost simultaneously at a mosque in Nowshera, at least three people were killed and several others injured.

The attack in Nowshera took place in a military high security zone, close to a supply depot.