Powerful bomb blast rocks Lahore

  • Powerful bomb blast rocks Lahore

Powerful bomb blast rocks Lahore

Blood-soaked caps, shoes, pieces of clothes and human flesh were strewn across the tree-lined site of the blast.

Earlier, an explosion in Charing Cross spread panic and destruction accords the city.

Lahore's security forces told reporters a city police chief, Zahid Gondal, was among the dead.

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Local politician Rana Sanaulla said the incident occurred as hundreds of chemists protested a new law near the Punjab provincial assembly building. Rescue officials said at least 19 wounded people had been identified.

Drone camera footage aired on Samaa TVchannel showed a powerful blast shortly after a man approached a group of protesters on the Mall Road. In a statement to the media, Asad Mansur, a purported spokesman of Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a TTP splinter group, claimed that the suicide attack was done jointly by the two groups.

It is still unclear who is responsible for the attack.

Lahore was the site of an Easter Day bombing a year ago that killed more than 70 people in a public park. An emergency was also declared in all hospitals of Lahore. The condition of some 11 injured is stated to be critical, the minister said.

Thousands of suspected terrorists were arrested as part of Pakistan's paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants in the wake of the attack. A Taliban-linked group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, said it planted the bomb.