Lahore blast: At least 26 dead, Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility

Peter Castro
July 25, 2017

SP Imran Awan confirmed that more than nine bodies were shifted to the hospital, the Dawn report said.

At least twenty-five people were killed and dozens others injured Monday in an explosion of unknown origin on a vegetable market in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan.

Haider Ashraf, deputy inspector general of Punjab police, said the blast was a suicide attack and "police were the target". And it could be a suicide attack police said that they are investigating the area.

A police officer said that the bombing targeted policemen who were providing security for the Lahore Development Authority, which was involved in demolition work targeting encroachments nearby. At least three of the deceased people are policemen, he added.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in Lahore blast on Monday.

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Three motorcycles, a dumper and a vehicle have completely been damaged in the blast.

A loud blast was heard within the vicinity, however, the nature and magnitude of the blast is still unknown, occurred near Arfa Karim Towers.

Emergency was declared in the city hospitals and people were appealed to donate blood. A contingent of Pakistan Army also reached the blast site. The injured were said to sustain critical wounds.

Tehrik-i-Taliban, Pakistan's main branch of the Taliban, asserted responsibility for the attack in an email, saying that one of its soldiers had used an "explosives-laden motorcycle".

Lahore has been the scene of deadly militant attacks in the past decade, although they have been less frequent in recent years.

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