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Blast Near Arfa Kareem Towers In Lahore; 9 Casualties Reported

Blast Near Arfa Kareem Towers In Lahore; 9 Casualties Reported

Earlier, SP Imran Awan confirmed that more than nine bodies were shifted to the hospital.

Pakistani officials say at least 14 people have been killed in a blast in the eastern city of Lahore.

Police and Lahore Development Authority officials were working to remove encroachments outside the Arfa Karim Tower when the blast took place.

Haider Ashraf, deputy inspector general of Punjab police, said the blast was a suicide attack and "police were the target".

"We suspect that he [the suicide bomber] came on a motorcycle and he rammed it into a police checkpoint", said Mr Ashraf.




In April, at least six people were killed when a vehicle carrying government census workers was targeted by a suicide attack in Lahore.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, while talking to the media, said that the incumbent government has overcome the menace of terrorism by 70 to 80 percent.

Three motorcylces and a auto were destroyed in the blast whereas registration number of the suspected vehicle was laid out LRB 9308.

DCO Ahmed further said that 39 people were also injured in the blast. Forensics teams had also collected evidence from the blast site to determine the nature of the explosion.

"Blast destroyed many families but terrorists can never destroy our resolve", Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said. An emergency has been declared in all nearby hospitals. "A deafening explosion, which shook the whole complex of towers Arfa Karim", where her office is situated, told AFP Sher Dil, an employee of a private company. A blast in Lahore in February was initially thought to be a militant attack, but turned out to be a gas explosion.

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