By Muhammad Luqman
At least nine persons including five policemen were killed in a suspected suicide attack in the Raiwind area on the outskirts of Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday evening, confirmed DIG Operations Dr. Haider Ashraf.
More than a dozen other people were injured in the explosion.
The senior police official also said that police personnel appeared to be the target of the attack as the explosion took place close to a police checkpost, near the vehicle of a deputy superintendent of police.
It appears to be a suicide attack, said the police official and confirmed that body parts have been found from the site of the blast. Police official added thata motorcycle near the blast site had been completely destroyed.
Rescue 1122 officials shifted the injured to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.
The government of Punjab issued a list of the martyred and the injured, who were received at THQ Hospital Raiwind.
According to police officials , the explosion appeared to be a targeted attack on law enforcement personnel.
Following the explosion, a large number of law-enforcement personnel and rescue services reached the spot.
Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif condemned the blast and has sought a report from IG Punjab police.
He also instructed the authorities concerned to provide the best possible medical care and treatment to the injured.