A powerful suicide blast near the home of Pakistan’s Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today killed at least 25 people, including policemen, and wounded 35 others.
Lahore police chief Capt (R) Amin Wains said the “target of blast was police.”
He also confirmed that it was a suicide blast.
According to rescue officials, at least 25 people including policemen have been killed in the blast.
“Police and Lahore Development Authority officials were busy in removing encroachments outside the Arfa Karim Tower, located near the CM’s Model Town residence, when a powerful blast took place,” said rescue official Deeba Shahnaz.
Rescue teams shifted the injured to hospital.
Emergency was declared in city hospitals.
“The condition of several injures is stated to be critical” the official said.
In April this year, six people were killed and 15 injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore’s Bedian Road.
The chief minister was in a meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.