Published: Чт, Марта 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Bomb kills 9, wounds 27 in eastern Pakistan

Bomb kills 9, wounds 27 in eastern Pakistan

The blast occured near the residence of Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A suicide bomber targeted police camp at Raiwind city, 30 km away from Lahore.

A suicide bomb blast at a police post in eastern Pakistan late Wednesday killed at least nine people and wounded more than 20 others.

Rescue teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Jinnah and General Hospitals.

The blast occurred at a police checkpoint established to guard the Tableeghi Jamat headquarters in Raiwand, located in the outskirts of Lahore city, according to local Dunya News.

It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometres from the site.

The police personnel were changing the duty at the time of the blast, the witness said.

Defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Pakistan Rangers quick response force has reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

He also directed to intensify operations of search, sweep, combing and intelligence, while increase security for sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worships and markets.

One of the largest gathering of religious devotees is held in Raiwind every year and is now underway.

The blast took place in the suburb of Raiwind in Lahore, the main town of central Punjab province, near a mosque hosting a religious congregation.

Washington on Thursday offered a $5 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban militant leader, Mulllah Fazlullah, a day after a suspected U.S. drone strike on a training camp in a remote part of Afghanistan killed his son and more than 20 other militants preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan.

This is the first explosion targeting the provincial capital in 2018.

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