Ashraf Javed and Khalid Malik LAHORE - At least 47 people were killed including women and children while more than 150 others sustained multiple wounds when two consecutive bomb blasts ripped through Moon Market, Citys leading shopping Mall, here Monday night. The police sources claimed that remote control device was used in the first explosion while second blast was a suicide attack. Fire, which erupted in the market soon after the power blasts, engulfed more than 40 shops, creating stampede and panic in the entire area, eyewitnesses said. There were conflicting reports about the death toll. At least 4o people including women and children were killed while more than 150 were wounded in the blasts, Edhi Ambulance sources said. Director General Rescue Dr Rizwan (1122) Emergency Services said that 36 people were killed and more than 143 were injured in the twin bombings. SP CIA Omer Virk said that most of the dead were women and young children who were busy in shopping as wedding season is on its peak in the country. The death toll may rise further as the blast sites of the market are on fire and fire-fighters are tirelessly trying to put out the fire, Rescue workers said. The police sources believed that the one of the bombs was planted and remote control device was used in the explosion. However, investigations were underway to determine the nature of the blasts. Over a dozen vehicles also caught fire and were badly damaged as the powerful blasts shattered the windowpanes of several other vehicles and buildings in the area. People started running toward backside of the market following the first blast, which took place at the centre market. About 30 seconds later, the second blast occurred on the backside of the shopping Mall, Shabbair Khan, an eyewitness said. The two sites targeted were about 30 meters apart. One on the edge of the market and the other at its centre. Apparently it seemed that the blast took place inside the market was planted while the second was suicide blast, SP Iqbal Town Ali Nasir Rizvi said. Fire engulfed more than 40 shops in the commercial market while there was complete power breakdown in the entire locality soon after the blasts, police sources at the Iqbal Town police station said. I saw rescue workers were collecting body parts of the dead as the blast was very powerful, Imran Ali, a shopper said. The bodies and injured were ferried in 1122 ambulances to nearby hospitals as the government declared emergency in all the public hospitals. The bomb blasts took place at about 9:42pm in a short succession inside the Moon Market, the most congested and popular shopping Mall Monday night. There was a great rush of shoppers including women and children when the blasts hit the market, one after the other, shopkeeper said. At least 30 people have been shifted to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital with multiple wounds, hospital sources said. There were intelligence reports about terrorist attacks in the City, as the police were put on high alert around the key government installations but the terrorist targeted public place- a soft target, police sources revealed. Women and children were busy in shopping while a good number of people were taking meal at the restaurants situated near the market when bomb blasts took place, Ahmed Khan an eyewitness said. A lack of command was witnessed during the rescue operation as the police, rescue workers, and security agencies were doing their job at their own. Some local political leaders visited the sites and later went back. The first blast took place inside Top-in market adjacent to the Moon market while the second blast occurred on the backside of a leading commercial bank. Innocent people have been targeted in the blasts. More than 60 injured have been shifted to Sheikh Zayed, Jinnah, Services, Ganga Ram, and Mayo hospital, Commissioner Lahore Khusro Pervaiz told reporters at the blast sites. The power failure and huge rush of people at the blast sites hindered rescue operations as ambulances and rescue workers reached the spot to launch rescue operations. Heavy police contingents, ambulances and rescue workers reached the spot soon after the blasts. Rescue operation is underway as dozens of shops have caught fire, an eyewitness said, adding, the blasts led to stampede and terror in the congested market. The police and security agencies officials reached the spot and cordoned off the entire area. Further investigations were underway till filing of this report. A great number of people also reached the hospitals to donate blood for the injured as a state of emergency was declared in the public hospitals of the City. Many emotional scenes were also witnessed outside the public hospitals as the family members of the victims arrived in panic. I saw people were searching their loved ones madly at the blast sites, Muhammad Azhar a restaurant waiter told reporters at the crime scene. Shopkeepers closed down their shops and started rescue operation. Muhammad Latif Tahir, a 7th grade student at a local school contacted TheNation by phone late on Monday night and said that he was worried about his future and the government should close down schools under the prevailing situation. What is happening around us? How terrible. Please,,, please,,, stop this, he commented. Moon market is a commercial centre in Iqbal Town in Lahore, where shopping reaches at its peak during night hours. APP adds: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the twin blasts at a market place in Lahore. They expressed deep grief over the killing of innocent people and prayed for the early recovery of injured. Both the President and the Prime Minister said that such cowardly acts of terrorism could not deter the government to fight this menace in the country. They directed the authorities concerned to investigate the matter and provide best possible medical treatment to the injured.