Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Explosion in Lahore's outskirts, at least 26 injured

A policeman stands guard at the scene after a blast in Lahore Pakistan A policeman stands guard at the scene after a blast in Lahore Pakistan
Lance Thomas | 10 August, 2017, 00:07

The powerful explosion, which was heard far and wide in the city, also caused a 6-foot crater in the area while a building also collapsed.

The explosion took place in a truck that was coming from Swat district in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, reported Geo News. "The rescue officials recovered the bodies after several hours of removing the debris", she told reporters.

Authorities have launched an investigation to determine how and when the truck arrived in the area, Sumbal said.

He maintained that police is investigating and nothing can be said about the nature of the explosion. One of the eye witnesses claimed that the truck was standing in the area since last three days. Incidentally, Nawaz Sharif's cancelled Sunday rally was scheduled to pass through the route where the truck was parked, leading some to conclude that the former Prime Minister might have been the intended target.

Rescue sources say at least 32 people were injured who were moved to nearby hospital and eight out of 32 are said to be in critical condition. A number of bikes and cars were also damaged due to its intensity. The injured have been taken to hospitals nearby.

The cultural capital of Pakistan, Lahore has often been the theatre of bloody insurgent attacks in the past, but they are scarce these past few years and security has overall improved in the country.

In April, six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahores Bedian Road.

They said in the recent past, the Punjab government made amendments in the Punjab Drug Act 2017 against which people from pharmaceutical industry staged a protest in February.

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