At Least 22 Wounded in Bomb Blast in Lahore

10 August, 2017, 00:11 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • A policeman stands guard at the scene after a blast in Lahore Pakistan

An explosive device went off inside a truck in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, on Monday night, injuring at least 22 people, police 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. A rescue official told PTI that an explosive device hidden inside the truck went off at around 9 pm local time.

Pakistan Police and its investigative agencies are yet to determine the kind of explosive material used in the incident.

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

No individual or has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

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The initial inquiry suggested that the truck was carrying crates of apricot being transported from Swat to the city, police authorities said. "An injured minor girl is stated to be critical", he said.

Several vehicles in the area were also damaged due to the intensity of the explosion.

According to eyewitnesses, it was a powerful blast which damaged, partially or heavily, more than 100 vehicles, such as cars, mini-trucks and motorcycles parked at the stand.

Attacks in Pakistan's second-largest city have decreased over the past couple of years but Islamist militant groups are still active there, including a suicide bombing last month that killed 25 people.

In February, a suicide bomber martyred 14 people, including senior police officers, when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.

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