One killed, 20 injured as blast targets police in Raiwind

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

A suicide bomb blast at a police post in eastern Pakistan late Wednesday killed at least nine people and wounded more than 20 others.

While briefing the media, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing, Dr Haider Ashraf said that police were target of the attack and two sub-inspectors and three constables embraced martyrdom among nine persons. Ashraf added that body parts of the bomber have been retrieved from the site and an investigation is under way.

Police were deployed in the area to provide security to a congregation of the religious group.

Police confirmed the nature of the blast and declared it a suicide attack asserting that a terrorist approached the check post using a motorcycle. He said four of the dead were police.

According to rescue officials, a caller who informed them about the incident said it was a cylinder blast.

The injured have been shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Raiwind where some of them are listed in a critical condition, triggering fears that the death toll might go up.

Meanwhile, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan has ordered the force to declare a security high alert across the province.

Lahore and its surroundings have been targeted by multiple bomb and suicide attacks in recent years. Around 25 people were also injured in the attack.

A suicide attack near a software technology park in Lahore killed 26 people and wounded over 50 in July previous year.

More than a dozen other people were wounded in the explosion, which took place close to a police post set up near the grounds where a religious congregation was taking place.

In April, six people including army personnel were killed in a suicide attack on a census team on Bedian Road.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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