A suicide bomb blast ripped through a police checkpoint in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 18, officials said. He said he believes the police were targeted. As far as the modus operandi was concerned, the terrorists attacked the police force like they did in the attacks carried out on The Mall Road and Ferozepur Road.
Police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and the injured to the Sharif City Hospital, Jinnah Hospital and Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in the city.
According to rescue officials, a caller who informed them about the incident said it was a cylinder blast.
More than a dozen other people were wounded in the explosion, which took place close to a police post set up near the grounds where a religious congregation was taking place.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating courageous police officials lay down their lives in line of duty.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organization of various militant groups in the country, claimed responsibility for the attack. However, around 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks past year at a parking lot on the Band Road, Ferozepur Road, Bedian Road, and The Mall Road. Khan has asked the CCPO Lahore and all RPOs and DPOs to strengthen security in their respective regions and districts. He also directed to intensify search, sweep, combing and intelligence operations as well as beefing up security at sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worship and markets.
Attacks - including suicide bombings - have frequently hit Lahore and its surrounding areas in recent years.
In July previous year, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road.