Lahore food street attack: 90 suspects arrested as death toll rises

The aim of the low-intensity blast was to invoke fear and panic among people, say officials.


Web Desk July 07, 2013
Local residents gather at the site of an overnight bomb explosion at a food park in Lahore on July 7. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Ninety suspects have been arrested in Saturday's Lahore bomb blast, while the death toll rose to five on Sunday, Express News reported.

The police arrested workers from the Anarkali hotels operating on the street as part of its investigations, whilst people living in the area were being questioned regarding their visitors.

According to the police, the amount of explosives used in the bomb attack on Saturday was low, hinting that the aim of the blast was to invoke fear and panic among people.

Police said that the explosive material had been kept in a refrigerator, whose compressor was found in an undamaged condition. A Bomb Disposal Squad official said the bomb weighed five to six kilogrammes which left a huge crater at the site. The blast damaged nearby shops in the food street where families were dining. Since it was Saturday night, the food street was abuzz with diners at the time of the blast.

The human loss of life was a result of exploding glass and metal nearby.

The police has taken all nearby motorcycles and other material in its custody as part of its investigations.

The Anarkali food street area comes under the NA 120 constituency of the National Assembly, where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proved victorious in the 2013 general elections.

Old Anarkali, famous for its eateries, is one of the most thickly populated and frequented areas of Lahore. A number of key official buildings, including the IGP office, are located in the neighbourhood.

Interestingly, there were no walkthrough gates or even a metal detector installed at the entrances to this bustling food street. Police claimed they had intelligence about possible security threats since last month. They added that a new strategy would be put in place to avoid such incidents during the holy month of Ramazan.

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Pakistani | 7 years ago | Reply

And before reading the above comments, I thought we were Pakistanis. No wonder, why we are suffering.

ptr | 7 years ago | Reply

@Go Zardari Go!!: Have you ever been to south Punjab' if not then refrain from making any judgment about that place' People can freely come and go there, they are not kidnapped or murdered there as in K PK or Baluchistan or Sindh. Plus the people of southern Punjab want there separate province as majority there is Seraiki speaking and they have to leave there places and have to come to Lahore In order to earn something. There is imbalance in the distribution of economy and Industry that's why there is hatred for upper Punjab. Everyone come and live and work here as they have no opportunities in their hometowns.

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