Lahore blast: Seven killed and many injured in explosion in Raiwind

BDS officials collect evidence from the blast site. —DawnNewsTV

The checkpoint is located near a religious group's main congregation place in Raiwind near Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

Lahore and its surroundings have been targeted by multiple bomb and suicide attacks in recent years.

The DIG said it was apparently a suicide blast, saying the body parts of the bomber have been recovered.

He said the Rescue ambulances have shifted the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals. The blast occurred near a police check post, he said, adding that police was the target.

Police were deployed in the area to provide security to a congregation of the religious group.

Dr. Haider Ashraf, Lahore police chief, told reporters 10 police personnel were injured, including a senior official. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast.

The bombing was claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group in a statement sent to AFP, in which the jihadists threatened more attacks on police in retaliation for killing their "associates" in Punjab.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating courageous police officials lay down their lives in line of duty. Around 25 people were also injured in the attack.

A powerful blast tonight near the residence of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif here killed at least eight persons, including four policemen, police said.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar had also claimed responsibility for an Easter Day bombing in Lahore previous year that killed more than 70 people in a public park.

"Five policemen - two inspectors and three constables - are among nine persons killed in the blast".



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