1 killed, 20 injured in blast in Pakistan's Lahore

1 killed, 20 injured in blast in Pakistan's Lahore

Washington on Thursday offered a $5 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban militant leader, Mulllah Fazlullah, a day after a suspected US drone strike on a training camp in a remote part of Afghanistan killed his son and more than 20 other militants preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan.

At least eight persons, including four policemen, lost their lives and 20 others have been injured in a suicide blast which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore, Punjab Health Minister Salman Rafique told DawnNewsTV.

Lahore deputy police chief Haider Ashraf said on March 14 that an initial investigation suggests the bomb was planted near the checkpoint close to a religious group's main congregation place in Raiwind near Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

DIG Ashraf said body parts of the suicide bomber were recovered from the explosion site and sent to the forensic lab for further examination. The nature of the blast is not immediately clear.

According to rescue officials, a caller who informed them about the incident said it was a cylinder blast. He said the Rescue ambulances are shifting the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals.


He also directed to intensify operations of search, sweep, combing and intelligence, while increase security for sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worships and markets.

Security has been tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the vicinity have been secured.

Attacks - including suicide bombings - have frequently hit Lahore and its surrounding areas in recent years. Lahore experienced multiple terror attacks in 2017 that killed more than 60 people.

On February 13, over two dozen people including two senior police officers were killed in a suicide blast on Mall Road.

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