7 killed, over 20 injured in Pakistan's Lahore blast

One killed, 20 injured as blast targets police in Raiwind

A suicide bomber targeted police camp at Raiwind city, 30 km away from Lahore.

While briefing the media, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing, Dr Haider Ashraf said that police were target of the attack and two sub-inspectors and three constables embraced martyrdom among nine persons.

According to rescue officials, the blast took place close to a check post, a few kilometers from the palatial residence of the Sharif family, and next to the congregation of the Tableeghi Jamaat centre.

It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometers from the site.

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Four of the deceased were pronounced as having brought dead.

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

Emergency has been declared in Jinnah Hospital Lahore where injured are moved from the scene.

At least nine policemen, including an officer, were among the wounded, Ashraf said.

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The senior police official stressed that if the suicide attacker had managed to enter the congregation site, the death toll could have been much higher. Police said they are investigating.

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

Past year in February, a suicide attack on Mall Road of Lahore claimed as many as 14 lives including a celebrated police officer, weeks ahead of the final match of PSL that was played in Qaddafi Stadium.

Sources say the banned outfits working on Indian agenda have targeted the force just to spoil the upcoming sports activity in the provincial capital. However, around 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks past year at a parking lot on the Band Road, Ferozepur Road, Bedian Road, and The Mall Road.

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