Ground Report | New Delhi: Lahore blast; At least two people have been killed and 16 injured in an explosion in Pakistan’s Lahore city. The blast took place in the Lahori Gate area of Lahore. A child is also said to be among those killed. Hospital officials say the condition of the four injured is critical.
The impact of the blast left half a meter pothole on the road and shattered the windows of nearby buildings. Lahore Police spokesman Rana Arif says that preliminary investigation has revealed that the blast was triggered by a time-controlled bomb mounted on a motorbike.
Lahore Deputy Commissioner Umar Sher Chatha told reporters that the rescue operation in Anarkali Bazaar has been completed all the injured have been sent to the hospital and those responsible for the incident will soon be in the custody of the law.
The news agency Reuters has said that a Balochistan-based separatist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack by sending a message to its reporter.
According to reports, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked the Director-General of Police to submit the report at the earliest. Along with this, he has instructed the officials to provide all possible health help to the injured.
A police spokesman said preliminary investigations into the blast suggested it was carried out by a planted device.
He said that the blast took place near shops in the Lohari Gate area. He said the blast shattered shop windows and damaged several motorcycles and vehicles. Police have cordoned off the area and rescue workers are on the scene.
Deputy Commissioner Lahore while talking to reporters said that the blast took place 45 minutes after the blast. He said members of the Bomb Disposal Squad and other forensic teams were trying to determine the nature of the blast.
This week, terrorists in Pakistan targeted policemen and trains in different cities, including the capital Islamabad, in one day. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack on police personnel in Islamabad, with Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid saying “this attack indicates that terrorism has started in Islamabad.”
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