Lahore blast: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Lahore near the residence and offices of the Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif who is the brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The CM was reportedly in a meeting at his Model Town office at the time of the explosion. The powerful blast killed as many as 22 people, and injured 30 others – the count of both the dead and the injured is expected to go up. Lahore police chief Capt Amin Wains told the media that the target of the blast was police. Rescue 1122 Deeba Shahnaz told PTI, “Police and Lahore Development Authority officials were busy in removing encroachments outside the Arfa Karim Tower, located near the CM’s Model Town residence, when a powerful blast took place.” A state of emergency has been declared in all Lahore city hospitals. “The condition of several injures is stated to be critical” the official said.
News channel Geo News while citing police sources, in its report said that a suicide attacker targeted police personnel, who were deployed in the area . Security forces have cordoned off the area and a part of the road has been sealed. Till now, no group has taken responsibility of the attack. In recent times, Lahore has witnessed numerous terror attacks. As many as six people lost their lives and 15 others were wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Bedian Road of the city in April this year.
Earlier in February, a suicide bomber killed about 14 people, including senior police officers, near the Punjab Assembly, PTI report added.