SUICIDE BLAST NEAR CM’S RESIDENCE IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN 5/5 (1)

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A suicide blast took place in the Punjab province of Pakistan near the residence of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in Lahore on Monday. The chief minister was in his Model Town office when the blast took place. It killed at-least 20 people and wounded more than 30.

Of the 20 people dead, a few were policemen. Lahore Police Chief Capt (R) Amin Wains confirmed that it was a suicide blast and the “target was police”. He also confirmed that it was a suicide blast.

The injured were shifted to the hospitals and emergency was declared in city’s hospitals by the rescue team. According to the official “the condition of several injured is said to be critical”. The explosion took place at a busy market near the Arfa Karim Software Technology Park, said the officials.

Citing police sources, Geo News reported that a suicide attacker targeted police personnel deployed at the site. The area has been cordoned off by a heavy contingent of security forces and the section of the road sealed. In April this year, six people were killed and 15 injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore’s Bedian Road.

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