16 Killed And 53 Injured As Suicide Bomber Hits Mall Road In Lahore Rally In Pakistan

16 Killed And 53 Injured As Suicide Bomber Hits Mall Road In Lahore Rally In Pakistan
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At least 16 people were killed and 53 more injured in a powerful bomb blast ripped through a protest in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday evening.

The blast occurred as a large number of chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers were staging a demonstration against a new drug control act on a busy Mall Road, where several key government buildings are located. It was not clear if the protest was the target of the blast.

Lahore’s traffic police chief Ahmad Mobin and two other senior police officials were among the dead, authorities said

Drone camera footage aired on Samaa TV channel showed a powerful blast shortly after a man approached a group of protesters on the Mall Road. “Apparently it was a suicide blast, but police are still investigating to know the exact nature of the blast,” Punjab police spokesperson Nayab Haider told local media.

Several ambulances arrived at the scene after the blast, while security forces cordoned off the area on Mall Road, one of Lahore’s main arteries. The blast shattered windows of nearby buildings and some cars caught fire. Ambulances and fire tenders rushed to the scene as contingents of soldiers and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers were deployed. The injured were taken to Mayo Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital.

The media reported that the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, had claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

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