Explosion on Lahore's Band Road leaves 32 injured

Aug 10, 2017, 00:11
Explosion on Lahore's Band Road leaves 32 injured

At least 35 people were killed after an explosive device went off on Monday night inside a truck parked on the route former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to take on Wednesday for a public rally in Lahore.

"The explosive material was planted inside a truck which was loaded with fruit", said Abdullah Khan Sumbal, a high-ranking government official, on Monday.

The injured have been taken to Services and Mian Munshi hospitals from where 12 of them were discharged after first aid. However, attacks in Lahore have become less frequent recently.

An official of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said Sharif's route in the city would be revised now. "The rescue officials recovered the bodies after several hours of removing the debris", she told reporters. "A minor girl is stated to be critical", he said.

An explosion in Lahore's western suburbs on Monday evening resulted in injuries to more than 26 people, DawnNews reported. As per media reports, the truck was coming from Swat, when the explosion happened in the Bund road area of Lahore. The large store of explosives in the truck could also be used to launch a major attack inside Lahore.

The roof of a nearby house also collapsed from the intensity of the explosion, while the windowpanes of nearby buildings shattered from the shock waves.

No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the blast.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities to investigate and has asked for a report from Capital City Police Officer Amin Wains.

Similarly, a suicide blast on February 13 had ripped through a camp of protesting chemists in front of the Punjab Assembly, leaving 13 people dead and 70 others wounded.