Blast in Lahore Pakistan, at least 9 killed

Jenna Warner
July 25, 2017

A suspected suicide attack targeting police personnel in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has killed at least 25 people and wounded scores more, officials say.

At least 26 people were killed in Lahore on Tuesday after suicide bomber detonated explosives at a market in the Kot Lakhpat neighbourhood.

Police officer Kashif Aslam said the bombing targeted policemen who were providing security for demolition work at a nearby building.

Officials told the Reuters news agency that the explosion was a suicide bombing.

Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said the blast had appeared to target the vegetable market, which was crowded with shoppers.

Rescue workers and policemen gather after a suicide blast in Lahore, Pakistan.

Gas cylinder blasts are also common in Pakistan, where gas is used for everything from cooking to powering cars. The nature of blast still needs to be ascertained.

The blast occurred close to the Arfa Karim IT Tower. According to the PM House, the premier has directed authorities in the city to ensure the best treatment of the wounded in hospitals.

Lahore has so often been the theatre of bloody attacks protested in the past, but they have declined in recent years, while the security situation in Pakistan has improved globally.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the Lahore suicide blast.

"Blast destroyed many families, but terrorists can never destroy our resolve", Punjabi province chief minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.

The explosion, which took place close to Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif's office, calimed lives of at least three policemen and left six others injured.

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