Published On: Mon, Jul 24th, 2017

Suicide bomber kills 26 in Lahore near Punjab CM’s residence

Lahore: At least 26 people, including policemen, were killed and 57 others injured on Monday when a suspected suicide bomber targeted police personnel deployed near residence-cum-office of Pakistan’s Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said security forces were trying to ascertain the target

The deafening explosion, which authorities blamed on a suicide bomber, occurred at the entrance of the Kot Lakhpat Vegetable Market on Ferozepur Road.

A Punjab government spokesperson said 26 people had lost their lives and 57 were injured.

Lahore police chief Capt (Retd) Amin Wains confirmed that it was a suicide blast and the “target was police”.

The chief minister, who is also the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was in a meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.

“No words can express the grief which grips my heart now,” Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said.

The Punjab government confirmed that 26 people were killed and and 57 others injured in the blast. One Sub- Inspector, 1 ASI and 6 Constables were among dead, it added.

Injured were shifted by rescue teams to hospital. Emergency was declared in city hospitals. “The condition of several injures is stated to be critical” said an official.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said security forces were trying to ascertain the target.

Last year, a suicide bomber killed 72 people at the Gulshan Iqbal Park.

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