Police were 'prime target' in deadly blast near Lahore shrine

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A powerful bomb exploded near security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding 20 others, police said.

"God willing, the security forces with the cooperation of whole nation will defeat these terrorists", he added.

At least six people are dead after a suicide blast targeted police posted outside the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore, Pakistan, officials told CNN.

The prime minister has sought a report of the incident and has directed the authorities concerned to provide the best possible medical treatment to those injured in the blast.

According to Rescue 1122, injured have been shifted to Mayo Hospital.

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Hundreds of Muslims were at the Data Darbar as the country marks the holy month of Ramazan.

No group has said it carried out the attack.

Footage shows a damaged police vehicle which has been badly burned.

Police said they were investigating whether the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) or a suicide bomber.

At 8:45am this morning, an explosion took place in the proximity of a police mobile parked near Data Darbar's Gate 2, the entrance for female visitors to the shrine.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned the loss of lives in the attack, expressing grief and condoling with the victims' families for their loss.

The complex contains the shrine of Syed Ali bin-Osman Al-Hajvery, widely known as Data Ganj Bakhsh, an 11th century Sufi preacher originally from Ghazni in what is now Afghanistan.

"It was an attack on police that left several dead and dozens of policemen and civilians injured".

The shrine is located inside the ancient Walled City in Lahore, Pakistan's second-biggest city.

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