Eight killed in Lahore blast near Police Lines

Published: February 17, 2015
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Eight people were killed in a blast near Police Lines in Qila Gujar Singh area of Lahore on Tuesday.

The blast hit just metres from an entrance to the Police Lines sending a column of black smoke rising above buildings.

“According to initial reports it was a car bomb but we are still determining the exact nature of the blast,” senior police official Haider Ashraf told AFP.

Several vehicles caught fire after the explosion and streets were littered with glass as the windows of nearby buildings broke.

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

The chief minster’s adviser on health Khawaja Salman Rafique, while speaking to the media in Ganga Ram Hospital, refuted the current death toll of eight.

Rafique said four people were killed and 19 others injured. However, Edhi said eight people were killed, adding that five bodies were found, while the other three have not been located as yet.

3:10pm

IG Punjab has confirmed the blast was a suicide attack.

“It was a bid to sabotage Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the National Action Plan, which will continue no matter what,” our correspondent Rana Tanveer reports.

2:55pm

The chief minster’s adviser on health Khawaja Salman Rafique, while speaking to the media in Ganga Ram Hospital, refuted the current death toll of eight, our correspondent Rameez Khan reports.

Rafique says four people have died, while 19 have been injured. Edhi, on the other hand, says eight people have been killed, adding that five bodies have been found, while the other three have not been located as yet.

Rafique says out of the 19 injured, 13 – including a sub-inspector and an electrician of the police lines — have been moved to Ganga Ram Hospital, of which one person is in critical condition and has been put on a ventilator, while four others have been moved to the services hospital with minor injuries.

2:30pm

The explosion came from a car near the police building, spokesperson Nabeela Ghazanfar told Reuters, adding it was unclear if the attack involved a suicide bomber.

2:14pm

A resident reacts at the site after a bomb explosion near the police headquarters. PHOTO: AFP

2:01pm

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

1:59pm

A female police official is among those injured, according to Express News.

“According to initial reports it was a car bomb but we are still determining the exact nature of the blast,” senior police official Haider Ashraf tells AFP.

1:56pm

The chief minster’s adviser on health Khawaja Salman Rafique, who is being accompanied by DG health, arrives at Mayo hospital to monitor treatment facilities being provided to the injured, our correspondent Rameez Khan tells us.

1:50pm

Watch a video from the site of the blast:

1:40pm

Over 15 injured people have been shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Mayo Hospital, our correspondent Rameez Khan reports.

1:39pm

Police officials have been deployed at all key buildings across Lahore.

1:38pm

DCO and CCPO Lahore have confirmed it was a suicide blast.

DCO Lahore Captain (retd) Usman says a suicide bomber blew himself outside the Police Lines. He says the bomber could not enter the building because of the strict security measures put in place.

CCPO Lahore says police have recovered the head and the body of the bomber, our correspondent Rana Tanveer reports.

“He blew himself up prematurely and could not enter the Police Lines,” the CCPO adds.

1:35pm

The blast was followed by rapid gunfire, an eyewitness Ashraf Ali, who works at the press club nearby told Reuters.

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1:31pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemns the bomb blast and extends condolences to the families of the victims.

Seeking report on the incident, the premier asks authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured, our correspondent Abdul Manan reports.

1:30pm

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemning the blast, directed Inspector General Punjab to probe into the incident and submit a report.

1:29pm

An eye witness tells The Express Tribune that he saw two headless dead bodies lying on the spot. He says there was a loud sound which resonated in the entire area. “Within no time, the adjoining shops, cars and several motorcycles caught fire,” he narrates.

1:25pm

1:22pm

There’s a bomb threat at the Lahore Children Hospital and Mayo Hospital. The wards of the hospitals are reportedly being evacuated.

1:21pm

Our correspondent Rana Tanveer reports that electricity supply to the area is disrupted after main wires were damaged in the blast.

DIG Operations Lahore Dr Haider Ashraf says  it is premature to say anything about the cause of the blast.

1:18pm

 

1:17pm

CCPO Lahore confirms eight people have been killed in the blast, according to Express News.

1:16pm

Rescue efforts are underway.

1:14pm

Express News screengrab of the blast

1:10pm 

According to initial reports, the bomber intended to breach the gate of Police Lines. A meeting between security officials was reportedly underway when the blast happened.

1:09pm

Hospitals across the city have been put on high alert. The injured are being shifted to Mayo and Sir Ganga Ram hospital.

1:08pm

1:07pm

Security forces have cordoned off all road leading to the site of the blast.

1:05pm

Several people have been injured and casualties are expected to rise.

12:55pm

Due to the explosion, the windows of nearby buildings broke and the cars parked outside reportedly caught fire.

Security officials and rescue teams have reached the site of the explosion and the injured are being shifted to a hospital.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Feb 17, 2015 - 12:52PM

    ‘Nature of blast is not known yet’…And you make it headline news!! This is sensationalism not journalism.Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2015 - 12:53PM

    Allah Help us,, Say AmeenRecommend

  • Tahir H
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:08PM

    Fully agreed. Media should act maturely and avoid sensational news to scare people and indirectly contributing towards terrorists agenda. Recommend

  • Waqar
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:09PM

    Yes, we will bring kashmir- but by then pakistan will not be there- unfortunate but trueRecommend

  • Mohammad bilal
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:15PM

    When he is not in karachi, city is on fire, when he is in karachi, other cities are on fire.
    May ALLAH help us and help this country.Recommend

  • Usman Iqbal
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:25PM

    God Plz Help Us…Plz Plz PlzRecommend

  • PTI_IK
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:53PM

    Musakraat is the only option. NS should hold talks with TTP.Recommend

  • Free Spirit
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:53PM

    @SKN: 8 ppl died because of it. Not worthy of headlines???Recommend

  • cynic
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:54PM

    It’s a developing story – at 1:38 they have confirmed that it is a suicide blast. Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 17, 2015 - 1:58PM

    Turkish pm is here. An attack is toshow weak security state. Enemies you are adding to our resolve not breaking it.Recommend

  • Khalid
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:16PM

    @SKN:
    Is loss of precious, innocent lives not news, is it not worth head lines? What difference it makes what method of terrorism has been used. The journalists job is just to photograph what they see around,,, its not sensationalism. Recommend

  • Saad A. Shah
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:20PM

    @SKN:
    Dear SKN…

    8,10 people died…. would you care to comment if you still think this is plain sensationalism?Recommend

  • Ganesh
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:30PM

    Are people living in Pak are human beings or….?!!!!Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:31PM

    The terrorists should be shot at sight instead of being arrested to be releasedRecommend

  • ishrat salim
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:39PM

    This is a sad development, killing of innocent people is devastating…. Lahorites brace for more…you thought your Lahore will remain safe for ever ? keep on ignoring other areas of Punjab, because for you Lahore is Punjab. Now you should understand the cries of the poor of other area & Province, what they go through day in & day out….this had to happen. Not one candidate for senator ship selected by PML N from S Punjab, why this discrimination ? Recommend

  • Bangash
    Feb 17, 2015 - 2:41PM

    @zara:

    Absolutely. This is the work of foreign agencies but the more they act like this, the stronger our resolve getsRecommend

  • zara
    Feb 17, 2015 - 3:17PM

    @Bangash:
    Dude this is an initial stage setting to show a foreign pm is here and we had a blast at Lea agency that is police tho it got prevented due to security and the dog blew up in public. So eventual result isto stop whom!????
    Whose visit is imp. Chinese president.Recommend

  • j
    Feb 17, 2015 - 3:34PM

    @Bangash: foreign hand? Excuse is getting old. Assuming it’s foreign hand what is ur glorious isi , army doing? They take huge budgets n yet fail to protect time to question them, dnt u think! Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 17, 2015 - 3:38PM

    @zara:
    When the enemy is making hate speeches in front of you, will you be searching for him in the Cellar ?Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    Feb 17, 2015 - 3:58PM

    @ishrat salim: My dear only common man suffers may be in Lahore , Krachi or Peshawar those who are at the helm of affairs enjoy security more than they require. RIP Recommend

  • turbo
    Feb 17, 2015 - 4:29PM

    what are these lunatics fighting for? Sharia? Sharia or no Sharia, it is the people who have to make the laws work in the end. For instance in the west, people enjoy justice and equality without having any Sharia. These lunatics are just thugs killing innocents!Recommend

  • Dilip
    Feb 17, 2015 - 5:21PM

    @Bangash
    It is very easy to blame involvement of foreign agencies. It is time for you to realise the threat that lurks amongst the very people that surrounds you. You are doomed if the internal threat is not subdued. Recommend

  • zahed
    Feb 17, 2015 - 5:56PM

    V sad and unfortunate event our feelings r with inncocents peoples killed in this sad event.
    INSHAA ALLAH justice will prevail and culprits will b hangedRecommend

  • zara
    Feb 17, 2015 - 6:32PM

    @ishrat salim:
    Ar u ok. Wagah border attack. Fia attacks ,several other lahore attacks, ichra attack…wheere are you sitting???Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2015 - 7:19PM

    @zara:
    How u can say that .. the bomb blast not in the police line but at the main gate,Recommend

  • Farooq
    Feb 17, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Our brave policemen are literal human shields who give their lives to keep us safe from suicide bombers. May Allah reward their bravery.Recommend

  • zara
    Feb 17, 2015 - 8:50PM

    @Muhammad Bilal:
    Sir ididnt get your question. Police lines is the police station. The news says bomber couldnt get inside.

    @ [email protected]: foreign hand? Excuse is getting old. Assuming it’s foreign hand what is ur glorious isi , army doing? They take huge budgets n yet fail to protect time to question them, dnt u think!”
    This tactic is also getting old that u typical weknowwho come and drop on sites . Isi taking huge budgets army taking huge bugdeta doing nothing. Neither isi nor army receive aid directly. Secondly whatever aid comes is never enough to cover entire cost of operation zarb e azb n multiple ongoing ops countrywide. Secondly, two years back a good chunk of aid 40million dollar was used to build a road in south waziristan after cleaning up place.Whatever isi army recieves is after gov approval. And it is army that had asked gov to release funds for road construction and lemme tell nly 70 somethig km part of road got built by 40m dollar the rest of the long road was yet there. So just shutup and take care of ur country affairs.
    I am no fan of isi but gove the credit where due, there are lot of foiled terror attacks that ET also reported in one there was 250kg of explosives, the catastroph God knows. Omg Omg. And secondlty internal security is not only isi job infact it is of iB. Why Ib is not that effective.
    Lastly i love my pakistanis u know why you are awesome, in years that we have been seeing these tragedies we all everytime sat and cried for them. Even today . Its not like mar gaey tau kya hua bomb blast tau hotay rehtay hain . no. They care. Even on social sites here they come and express sorrow. We have cried for fata drone strike innocent victims, hazaras,sunnis shia ahmadis christains.
    But when u hear some mass killing in india their ppl coem on online fora act indiffernt and go. Even few months back some bodo rebels had killed 80 ppl in assam mainly muslims , ididnt see indians that bothered. Log hain mar gaey. They were only concerened with showing that no no there is no serious insurgency we are safe.

    Pakistanis you are amazing people. love uRecommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Feb 17, 2015 - 10:15PM

    We send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. The terrorists have once again shown their evilness through this act of terror. The series of suicide attacks in the recent weeks prove the terrorists remain focused on destabilizing the country. We repeat what Rear Admiral John Kirby said recently: “It is for Pakistan to continue the fight against terrorism in its own interest as Pakistanis have been victims of terror. And it’s a shared threat, a shared challenge that we have, and we have maintained an interest in helping them deal with, and that will continue.”

    We recognize the Pakistani security forces are doing their best to counter the growing threat of terrorism in the country. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is affected by this act of terror. We stand united with the nation of Pakistan and wish to see peace prevail throughout the region.

    Ali khan

    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • jagmohan
    Feb 18, 2015 - 1:06AM

    Knowing root causes of terrorism and extremism is not enough and taking halfhazard
    measures is not going to solve the problem, when large swaths of people have been
    radicalised.Basic problem is people have been shown wrong path via unhelpful education
    and too much dependence on arms and blessings of the creator.We are living in the
    21st century and the mind set clock turned back to over thousand years back.Our
    creator wants us to follow line of peaceful progress and see all humans as his best
    creation and adjust with the changing times.Even mass killing of extremist organisations
    is not full solution unless education content and hate spread is not fully controlled.Need
    to develop basic human values,control all sorts of ego[s] and rigid attitudes.Condolences
    to families who lost innocent souls and all who have tears in eyes.Peace only Peace.Recommend

  • xenia
    Feb 18, 2015 - 1:35AM

    5 killed not 8. Recommend

  • Friend of Pakistan
    Feb 18, 2015 - 6:15AM

    It again proves, don’t keep snakes in your house, it always will not bite your neighbors only……Recommend

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