At least 13 killed, several injured in Lahore blast

Published: February 13, 2017
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Police stand alert as they secure the site of a bomb explosion in Lahore on February 13, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Police stand alert as they secure the site of a bomb explosion in Lahore on February 13, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: At least 10 people including Traffic DIG Ahmed Mobin were killed and at least 83 others injured on Monday in an explosion near the Punjab Assembly in Lahore.

The incident occurred as hundreds of chemists were protesting nearby against a new regulatory law, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.

IG Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera said five police officers were among the dead.

“It was a suicide attack. The bomber exploded himself when successful negotiations were underway between police officials and the protesters,” Sukhera told reporters.

SSP East Zahid Mehmood Gondal was also killed in the attack.

A policeman stands guard at the scene after a blast in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS

Up to 400 people had attended the protest, according to an AFP reporter who was on the scene when the explosion occurred. “Suddenly there was a bang and a huge blast,” he said. “Everybody ran for safety.”

Vehicle of CCPO Lahore damaged. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Lahore put on terror alert

Police cordoned the blast site, while rescue workers moved the injured to nearby hospitals.

PSL

Social media users were quick to suggest that the blast was meant to derail plans to hold the highly-anticipated final of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore.

The second edition of the annual T20 tournament – like the first – is ongoing in the United Arab Emirates due to security concerns, but after the recent military crackdown on extremism, officials were confident enough to pick Gaddafi Stadium to host the final.

Condemnation

Political and military leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, army chief General Qamar Bajwa, and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah condemned the incident.

“We will continue this fight against the terrorists among us and will continue to fight it until we liberate our people of this cancer and avenge those who have laid down their lives for us,” the prime minister said in a statement. “We will not stop until we can call ourselves a free and secure people. That is a promise.”

Meanwhile, according to the ISPR, the army chief instructed the local commander and intelligence agencies to provide all necessary assistance to the civil administration in evacuating the injured and apprehending those responsible for the incident.

TTP claims responsibility

A spokesperson for Jamaatul Ahrar, a faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The group previously claimed responsibility for the March 2016 Easter bombing at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, which killed over 70 people.

Meanwhile, schools in the provincial capital will remain closed on Tuesday, All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association announced in a statement.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • salman
    Feb 13, 2017 - 6:20PM

    Yeah as expected. Indians never want cricket to return Pakistan.Recommend

  • izhar ahmed
    Feb 13, 2017 - 6:30PM

    yes, exactly. Recommend

  • JK
    Feb 13, 2017 - 6:51PM

    May the perpetrators face the same fate and may Almighty protect the nation… AmeenRecommend

  • Hassan Zahoor Khan
    Feb 13, 2017 - 6:56PM

    Sad very sad. Indian agencies have gone rogue they are causing huge destruction in the sub-continent. First UAE embassy attacked in Afghanistan then today suicide bomb in Lahore. This will have reprecussions hope for safety of ordinary Indians. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Recommend

  • Ts
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:04PM

    Raw agents act to sabootage psl final in lahore. Lolts of prayers from hydrabad sindh to families of victimsRecommend

  • Ts
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:06PM

    We should repay india with interest with same actRecommend

  • Khan
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:08PM

    This is the game of RAW that wants foreigners to be scared away from PAKISTAN.

    I have been saying this from day one…Pakistan need to play the same game in HINDUSLUM.

    Pakistan need to cause havoc during Indian Cricket League matches. and harm HINDUSLUM infrastructure plans. Otherwise it’s very easy for HINDUSLUM to damage Pakistan by using such lone wolf attacks. (there is no dearth of such wasted lives in AFGHANISTAN)Recommend

  • Lalit
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:15PM

    @Hassan Zahoor Khan
    Show us the evidence or just shut ur trap…..Recommend

  • Ebad
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:29PM

    Extremely sad new. We pray for our country and its people! Recommend

  • Omar Sadiq
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:51PM

    About time, IPL also feels the same heat which these Indians are doing to our cricket and PSL.Recommend

  • Falcon
    Feb 13, 2017 - 7:58PM

    This is the work of RAW…..INDIAN PM MODI and AJIT DEOVAL( the most cruel and inhuman characters in history of humans) ARE DIRECTLY KILLING INNOCENT PAKISTANIS..Recommend

  • Saurabh Ranade
    Feb 13, 2017 - 8:18PM

    It hurts me when people across the border celebrate each others’ deaths.Either on Indian side or on Pakistani side, loss of any innocent life should be condemned. No double standards please. No common man should suffer as a result of extreme ideologies or miscalculated government policies. As a human being, I condemn this attack. May God give strength to the family of deceased. With my Pakistani brothers and sisters _/_.Recommend

  • Umair Virk
    Feb 13, 2017 - 8:21PM

    Whenever any good thing’s gonna happen,blast happens there. :/Recommend

  • LOL
    Feb 13, 2017 - 8:36PM

    @lalit: didnt expect u to ask for evidence, after ur govt refused to give you guys any evidence of “surgical strike”.Recommend

  • Hoshiar Singh Gill
    Feb 13, 2017 - 8:36PM

    Hatred from both sides is so out of place at a sad time like this,People should stop painting all their neighbours with the same brush! There are so many types of people in both India and Pakistan.Sweeping generalisations are unfair and unhelpful!Recommend

  • Usama
    Feb 13, 2017 - 9:33PM

    DSP Parvez Butt is safe and alive. Recommend

  • imran ghori
    Feb 13, 2017 - 9:39PM

    No doubt Indians inteligence working 24 hours to destabilize Pakista..bubutt it’s our collective responsibility to strike back with full force and destroye EnemyRecommend

  • Abdur
    Feb 13, 2017 - 9:53PM

    We know our neighbors too well and there is only one agency that can be behind this. They don’t want Pakistan to have anything good. India is probably the worst neighbor nation ever. We know their proxies very well.Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry
    Feb 13, 2017 - 11:03PM

    This is an act of crude terror unleashed by coward enemies of Pakistan. The only and one is sitting in our east who doesn,t want to see Pakistan progressing. We,in unison, condemn the killings of our innocent citizens and urge the goverment to take stern action against India and reply him in same coin.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Feb 14, 2017 - 12:59AM

    They are blowing you into pieces and you are fighting for them to get American visas. We need peace we need actions against all religious parties and their supporters.Recommend

  • Qamar Mahmood
    Feb 14, 2017 - 1:19AM

    @Saurabh Ranade:
    Salute to your thoughts brother, we need this brotherhood instead of the never ending n purposeless fightRecommend

  • vinsin
    Feb 14, 2017 - 2:13AM

    Looks like Pakistani have not learned anything from Quetta Commission report. Recommend

  • Grist
    Feb 14, 2017 - 3:26AM

    False flag operation Recommend

  • Atif
    Feb 14, 2017 - 5:52AM

    Terrorism is alive and flourishing in Pakistan. Zarb-e-Azb has to be conducted for another 50 years.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Feb 14, 2017 - 9:05AM

    The easy excuse for not doing anything against the terror outfits is to blame the neighbors. Recommend

  • oats
    Feb 14, 2017 - 10:46PM

    @Atif: Terrorism has been largely brought under control but India will continue to use Afghanistan as a base to mount these cowardly attacks. Pakistan should control the border with Afghanistan better and repatriate the Afghan refugees who are engaging in this crime. People should not change their lives because of this attack so that the enemies of society do not get satisfaction.Recommend

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