Bomb attack kills 9 near Pakistan's Lahore

BDS officials collect evidence from the blast site. —DawnNewsTV

At least eight persons, including four policemen, lost their lives and 20 others have been injured in the suicide blast which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore, said Punjab Health Minister Salman Rafique.

A teenaged suicide bomber today blew himself up near the residence of Pakistans ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, killing nine people, including five policemen, police said. Police said they are investigating. Rescue teams, Edhi Ambulances and the locals shifted the injured to the Raiwind Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ), Sharif Medical Complex and Indus Hospital. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast. The blast took place close to a police check post, a few kilometers from the palatial residence of the Sharif family and close to the congregation of the Tableeghi Jamaat. However, around 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks previous year at a parking lot on the Band Road, Ferozepur Road, Bedian Road, and The Mall Road.

The top officer also directed further tightening the process of checking and monitoring at the entry and exit routes of the metropolis.

The Punjab IGP reached the scene and declared a security high alert in the province.

Some reports said Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed the responsibility of the blast.

Attacks - including suicide bombings - have frequently hit Lahore and its surrounding areas in recent years.

At least 45 people were injured in an explosion in a fruit truck stationed in a parking lot on Band Road in August previous year.

In February previous year, 18 people were killed, including several police officials, and more than 80 wounded in a suicide attack during a protest on a busy intersection of Lahore.

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