Friday, 21 September, 2018

At least 20 injured in explosion near Raiwind

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Deputy Inspector General of police Haider Ashraf said the explosion occurred when the police were changing guards at the checkpoint just outside an annual religious congregation, where almost 80,000 people were in attendance.

Right after the blast, the nearby people rushed to the site to help the victims. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast.

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Four of the deceased were pronounced as having brought dead. The injured were later shifted to the Jinnah Hospital and General Hospital.

Ashraf said numerous wounded were police and three were hospitalized in critical condition.

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Ashraf said numerous wounded were police and three were hospitalized in critical condition. Police said they are investigating.

The CTD, Punjab Forensic Science Agency and police reached the scene, preserved the site and collected forensic evidence.

Security forces and police have launched a search operation in the area and a security high alert has also been announced in the city.

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.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating fearless police officials lay down their lives in line of duty. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif sought a report from the IGP and vowed to take the terrorists and their facilitators to task.

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