20 injured in blast near Lahore's Band Road

by Garry Watts August 10, 2017, 0:09
20 injured in blast near Lahore's Band Road

Atleast 22 people were injured last night after an explosive device went off inside a truck on Monday night in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province.

Initial investigations suggest that the blast was caused due to an improvised explosive device (IED) in the truck.

The injured, including women and children, were rushed to nearby hospitals. 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.

Police and rescue officials have cordoned off the area.

Some 30 people, mostly passersby, were also injured in the massive explosion that rocked a major part of the metropolis.

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According to the police, even though no casualties are reported, a minor girl is said to be in a critical condition. "Arms and explosives also recovered", the spokesman said.

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has appealed to Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif to take immediate notice of the miseries of pharmaceutical sector and order resolution of their issues on priority basis, a statement said on Tuesday.

DIG Haider Ashraf confirmed that it was a bomb blast.

The roof of a nearby house also collapsed from the intensity of the explosion, while the windowpanes of nearby buildings shattered from the shock waves. In April, six people including army personnel died in a suicide hit on a census team on Bedian Road.

Similarly, a suicide blast on February 13 had ripped through a camp of protesting chemists in front of the Punjab Assembly, leaving 13 people dead and 70 others wounded.


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