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It's all too common to hear news of yet another truck bombing in Pakistan, but this one is worth paying close attention to.

It was just too close on the heels of a visit to Islamabad by the head of Central Command General David Petraeus and it was close enough to do some pretty serious damage to the country's intelligence headquarters in Lahore.

This has the intel community wondering if this was not intended to be a very significant terrorist attack that was, it seems , at least partially thwarted by Pakistani forces. Even though they stopped the truck, at least 24 people were killed. Our correspondent Shahan Mufti has just returned to Pakistan after a visit to the United States and will soon be bringing us up to speed.

This is what went down, according to the latest Reuters report from Pakistan:

Gunmen attacked a police headquarters in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, setting off a car-bomb that killed at least 24 people in what the government said was revenge for an offensive against the Taliban.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which wounded nearly 300 people and caused extensive damage. It came after warnings of retaliation in response to the army's attack on militants in the Swat region in the northwest.

The blast also hit after Gen. Petraeus was in Islamabad for meetings on Tuesday with government and military leaders.

The United States needs Pakistani action against militants to help defeat Al Qaeda and disrupt support for the Taliban in Afghanistan. It has welcomed the Swat offensive.

"I believe that anti-Pakistan elements, who want to destabilize our country and see defeat in Swat, have now turned to our cities," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters.

Two officers and six lower level officials from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency were among those killed, according to a senior government official.