Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

At least 22 injured in Lahore explosion

Pakistan Blast at Band Road in Lahore 20 people injured No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the blast | Image for pictorial representation
Dexter Carr | 10 August, 2017, 00:07

At least 34 people were injured on Monday evening in the explosion of a truck bomb in the pakistani city of Lahore, a-t-on learned from the local authorities.

The blast which reportedly occurred in a truck full of fruit was heard across Lahore shattering glasses of buildings around Band Road.

MS Munshi hospital said that 22 wounded were brought to the facility, while 10 people were discharged after being adminstered first aid.

According to the spokesman, a Sheikhupura CTD team intercepted some six to seven terrorists of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan coming to Lahore from Sheikhupura to launch attack on police personnel deployed on duty. As per reports, blast in the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province's Bund road area injured mostly women and children.

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Deputy Inspector General Dr Haider Ashraf said the attackers might have been intending to transport the explosives to other areas of the city. The truck had remained parked for three days and despite residents of the area having reported to the police the presence of a suspicious vehicle no action was taken.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack and it was not clear whether the militants killed were responsible for Monday's bomb blast but police officials said that they were not ruling out a connection. A number of bikes and cars were damaged due to its intensity. He said windowpanes of a nearby building were also shattered while the roof of a school building in the vicinity also collapsed due to the blast.

In February, a suicide bomber martyred 14 people, including senior police officers, when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.

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