20 Killed, 30 Injured as Suicide Blast Strikes Lahore Near Punjab CM's Residence
Lahore police chief Capt (R) Amin Wains said the "target of the blast was police", also confirming that it was a suicide blast.
Rescue officials carrying out rescue operations in Lahore. (Picture Courtesy: Government of Punjab/Twitter.com)
Lahore: At least 20 people were killed and 30 injured on Monday when a suicide blast occurred near residence-cum-office of Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.
Lahore police chief Capt (R) Amin Wains said the "target of blast was police".
He also confirmed that it was a suicide blast. According to Rescue 1122, at least 20 people including policemen have been killed in the blast.
"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," Rescue 1122 Deeba Shahnaz told PTI.
The government of Punjab's official Twitter handle also informed that among those who died were 8 policemen, including 1 Sub-Inspector, 1 ASI and 6 Constables.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack strongly, vowing to end "these cowardly assassins."
"No words can express the grief which grips my heart right now. Blast destroyed many families, but terrorists can never destroy our resolve," he tweeted.
In another tweet, Shahbaz wrote: "Our blood was spilt on the street but I swear to my Allah that the blood of our innocent martyrs will write end of these cowardly assassins!"
Rescue teams shifted the injured to hospital. Emergency was declared in city hospitals.
"The condition of several injures is stated to be critical" the official said.
The chief minister, who is also the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was in a meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.
Citing police sources, the Geo News reported that a suicide attacker targeted police personnel deployed at the site. The area has been cordoned off by a heavy contingent of security forces and the section of the road has been sealed.
In April, six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore's Bedian Road.
(With PTI inputs)
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