Lahore: At least nine persons were killed, including five policemen and over 25 others injured on Wednesday evening as a blast hit a police check post in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore
According to reports, the death toll has risen to nine after three of the wounded succumbed to their injuries during treatment and hospital officials feared that the death toll might further rise as some of the injured were still in critical condition.
The reports say, the blast hit a police check post in Raiwind Town located on the outskirts of Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab province. Police and rescue units rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and the injured to the different hospitals in the city.
Nature of the blast is not known yet. However, local media reported that a bomb fixed in a motorcycle exploded with a big bang soon after a police patrolling party reached the check post near a famous religious center. The Bomb Disposal Squad of police is examining the site to determine the nature of the blast.
Security forces and police have launched a search operation in the area and a security high alert has also been announced in the city. No group has claimed the attack yet.
Forensic experts were assessing the pieces of evidence collected from the crime scene. An official said several kilograms of explosives were used to detonate the device. According to him, ball-bearings and shrapnel were used to carry out maximum casualties.
According to a police official, had the terrorist exploded his suicide jacket when a police officer signalled him to stop for body search.
Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack and asked the authorities concerned to provide the best available medical treatment to the injured.