2 killed, over 60 injured in Lahore railway station blast

Blast took place on Platfo­rm 2 outsid­e the Pak Busine­ss Expres­s lounge after 6:30pm.


Rameez Khan/agencies/web Desk April 24, 2012

LAHORE: At least two people were killed and over 60 were injured in a blast at Lahore railway station on Tuesday.

The blast took place on Platform 2 outside the Pak Business Express lounge after 6:30pm. The lounge was severely damaged as a result of the blast.

The bodies and all of the injured were shifted to different hospitals in the city after the blast.

Two of the dead were identified as a police constable and a porter.

CCPO Lahore Aslam Tareen said that there were 16 to 17 CCTV cameras installed at the station and all of them were inactive.

Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour announced compensation of Rs500,000 for families of those killed and Rs100,000 for those who were severely injured as a result of the blast.

He also constituted a commission aimed at the probing the explosion at platform no. 2 of the railway station. Inspector-General of Railways Police of Pakistan Railways, Ibnul Hussain will head the investigation commission.

On the special directives of Railways Police IG, security has been further tightened at Rawalpindi Railway Station after the deadly bomb blast in Lahore.

Talking to APP, Superintendent of Police (SP) Rawalpindi Ahmed Mukhtar here on Tuesday, said that 40 armed commandoes have been deployed at the Rawalpindi Railway station.

He further said that police in plain clothes have also been assigned tasks to maintain high security and keep a watch on suspicious persons. Special teams of Railways police along with Civil Defence, bomb disposal squad have been constituted to monitor everything minutely, he said.

To a question he said Pakistan Railways would install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at every railways station to ensure foolproof to passengers.

An FIR of the incident has been lodged in Railway police station.

End of live updates

8:35pm

SSP Railways Police has said that security at the station was foolproof and satisfactory.

A CCTV system was also installed at the station.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani have condemned the incident.

8:30pm

Express News reports that Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has announced compensation of Rs500,000 for families of those killed and Rs100,000 for those who were severely injured as a result of the blast.

The government of Punjab has declared emergency at hospitals in the city.

8:20pm

An eyewitness has claimed that policemen were searching a passenger who had gotten off the train when the blast took place.

8:10pm

Express News correspondent Nadeem Chaudhry reports that all bodies and injured people have been shifted to hospitals.

Ball bearings were also recovered from the blast site. Investigators are collecting evidence from the scene.

Two people had been killed at the railway station and one passed away on the way to the hospital. Two of the deceased were identified as Police Constable Idrees and porter Boota, while the third person has not been identified as yet.

8:00pm

IG Railways Police said that walls had been constructed, barbed wire and security lights had been placed around the station.

He said that there had been no threats or information of a blast.

The IG confirmed that one of the dead was a Railways policeman.

7:50pm

An eyewitness said that he was at the counter when the blast took place. He said there was chaos after the blast and people were seen lying on the platform.

The eyewitness claimed that metal detectors and walk through gates at the station did not function properly.

The station was evacuated after the blast and no passengers were allowed inside.

Police are currently conducting a search operation on all routes that lead into the station.

7:45pm

CCPO Lahore Aslam Tareen says that security has been placed on high alert. He said that the blast was an act of terrorism and added that investigations will be conducted into how the bomb made it inside the station.

Two injured were shifted to Services hospital and six to Ganga Ram hospital.

7:35pm

Express News correspondent Saquib Saleem Butt reports that sources have said a black bag, placed around 7-8 feet away from the waiting lounge, had exploded.

Rescue sources say that 35 injured people were shifted to hospitals.

Train services at the station have been suspended.

7:30pm

Bomb Disposal Squad officials say that up to 5-6kg of explosive material was used in the blast.

Five of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.

The injured are being shifted to Mayo and Ganga Ram hospitals.

BDS officials say that the bomb could have been detonated using a timer or a remote control.

7:20pm

The waiting rooms have been severely damaged as a result of the blast.

The bomb was reported to have been placed inside a black bag and left a 10 foot crater after the blast.

The blast took place outside the waiting room of Pak-Business Train.

The number of injured has risen to 25.

7:15pm

Three people have been killed as a result of the blast. The dead are reported to be two porters and one policeman.

All injured people have been shifted to the hospital by Rescue 1122 teams.

The platform has been cleared.

Awam Express has been cleared to depart from the railway station.

A large number of police personnel have arrived at the station.

Police say there is no confirmation on the nature of the blast.

7:10pm

The number of injured is reported to be 15.

There were reports of a bomb being planted in a nearby area in the morning. Express News reports that bombs had also been found placed within plastic bags at a shop in the area.

The Bomb Disposal Squad has arrived at the station.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the blast and has ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.

7:05pm

Express News correspondent Amjad Sethi reports that windows around the platform shattered as a result of the blast.

One of the dead is reported to be a policeman.

One of the bodies is reported to have been severely damaged as a result of the blast.

One of the injured was reported to be serious. Two to three children and a couple of women were also injured.

7:00pm

Express News correspondent Amjad Sethi reported that two people had been killed and six were injured.

The blast took place five minutes after the Awam Express train stopped at the platform. The train had arrived from Karachi to head to Rawalpindi.

Rescue 1122 and other teams have arrived at the station.

There is no confirmation on the nature of the blast as yet, but there are reports of a suicide attack.

A slideshow of pictures from the blast site can be seen here.

COMMENTS (61)

Muhammad Aly | 9 years ago | Reply

BELIEVE it or NOT! I and bro could have named among dead because the area where we were sitting waiting for PAK business express was 2 meters away from the blast site. We left at 330 fortunately and blast occurred at around 630 or 40! Thanks to ALLAH we are safe, but sad for those who were Pakistanis and Muslims among the dead and injured! :(

goof | 9 years ago | Reply

this is a war between the airlines and the railways and the one who suffers every time are the civilians. it's time we take up arms to defend ourselves from fanatics and freaks of all kinds including the corporate ones.

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