Seven killed in blast near Nawaz Sharif's residence in Lahore


Deputy Inspector General Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed that it was a suicide attack which targeted a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima (congregation) of Tableeghi Jamaat is held.

Ashraf said numerous wounded were police and three were hospitalized in critical condition. He said the Rescue ambulances are shifting the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals.

The police personnel were changing the duty at the time of the blast, the witness said.

At least nine people were killed and 20 wounded late Wednesday when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a police check-post in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, officials said. The blast occurred near a police check post, he said, adding that police was the target.

The group was also behind the massacre of more than 150 people at a Peshawar school in December 2014 and the October 2012 shooting of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Ashraf said numerous wounded were police and three were hospitalized in critical condition.

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President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussian has condemned Raiwind suicide blast while Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have directed authorities to provide best possible treatment to injured persons.

It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometers from the site. This is first attack of its kind in Lahore in year 2018.

Pakistan Rangers quick response force has reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

No group has claimed the incident yet.

In February previous year, 18 people were killed, including several police officials, and more than 80 wounded in a suicide attack during a protest on a busy intersection of Lahore.