Around 16 people were killed including a DIG and SSP in a bomb blast this evening that occurred at Mall Road in Lahore, Pakistan. More than 50 people are also said to be injured in the bomb blast. The bomb blast occurred during a protest outside the Punjab Assembly, which is the primary thoroughfare of Lahore city. The protest was being carried out by chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers who were opposing a new drug control act. A number of government buildings are located on the Mall Road, where the blast took place. It is not yet clear if the blast was targeted at the people who were participating in the protest. According to Pakistani media reports, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Preliminary investigations reveal that the bomb blast was triggered by a suicide bomber. A drone camera operated by a Pakistani TV channel has captured a footage that shows that the blast took place as soon as a man approached the group of protestors on Mall Road. However, this could also be a coincidence, which is why the police are conducting detailed investigations to find the origin of the blast. The bomb blast was quite intense, as it shattered the windows of nearby buildings and set off some cars on fire. Security forces and ambulances were called in and the injured are being treated at nearby hospitals.