Islamabad: 27 people killed and 50 other wounded on Monday in a Taliban suicide assault close to the residence of Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore. The assault took place around 300m away from the CM’s office-cum-residence.
Pakistan interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also conveyed that an anti-encroachment drive was ongoing at the time of blast. Numerous among the dead were policemen as an operation against land encroachers were underway in Islamabad.
Lahore police chief Capt (R) Amin Wains further conveyed that suicide bomber on a motorcycle reached the police contingent positioned at the antencroachment drive outer the Arfa Karim Tower and blew itself. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) asserted the accountability for the assault.
TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani has also further stated that, Fida Hussain Swati an associate of our suicide team —today assaulted the infidels on a motorcycle. He further added that our note to the front line partners not to cross our way as we will inflict Allah’s system on this land. Kashif Aslam, a senior police officer conveyed the bombing targeted cops who were giving security for destruction work of an old building by the Lahore Development Authority.
Around 27 were dead and 57 other wounded. The dead counts nine police officers. After the assault, an emergency was affirmed in the city’s hospitals. Reliant of security forces cordoned off the blast site. Footage demonstrated a car and some motorcycles being smashed in the blast. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the loss of lives and directed authorities to provide all possible medical help to the wounded.