1 killed, 20 injured in blast in Pakistan's Lahore

Pauline Gross
March 15, 2018

Deputy Inspector General of police Haider Ashraf said the bomb exploded when the police were changing guards at the checkpoint just outside an annual religious congregation, where almost 80,000 people were in attendance.

DIG Ashraf said body parts of the suicide bomber were recovered from the explosion site and sent to the forensic lab for further examination.

Past year in February, a suicide attack on Mall Road of Lahore claimed as many as 14 lives including a celebrated police officer, weeks ahead of the final match of PSL that was played in Qaddafi Stadium.

Police said the blast took place after evening prayers and most members of the religious group had exited into the street, some making purchases nearby.

The police camp was set up for the security of an ongoing congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat.

The injured have been shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Raiwind where some of them are listed in a critical condition, triggering fears that the death toll might go up. He said four of the dead were police. A search operation in the surrounding area has also been launched.

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The main country's Taliban group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was a suicide attack.

Meanwhile, IG Punjab Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan has directed to declare a security high alert in the province.

"A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle attacked the police", Ashraf said.

Lahore experienced multiple terror attacks in 2017 that killed more than 60 people.

"Seven persons have been killed in the blast".

Other reports by GizPress

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