The United States has denounced a suicide bomb attack in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore that killed at least 24 people, mostly policemen, Thursday and wounded more than 60 others.
A US National Security Council spokeswoman Katherine Starr said the White House condemns such violent acts, as well as any attempts to subvert the democratic process in Pakistan prior to next month's elections.
Lahore Police Chief Malik Iqbal told reporters the bomber was clearly aiming at police, who were preparing for an anti-government protest by lawyers outside the High Court.
Government officials say the attack will not disrupt parliamentary elections set for February 18th.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the government has blamed al-Qaida-linked militants for similar attacks.
Thursday bombing came exactly two weeks after the assassination of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto following an election rally in Rawalpindi.
Hundreds of people have been killed in a wave of suicide bombings against Pakistani police and security forces that began last year.