Nine cops among 26 killed, several injured in Lahore attack

Pakistan       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali | Published

At least 26 people were killed and 49 others injured as a suicide blast hit the downtown area of Pakistan's eastern city Lahore Monday afternoon, officials said.

DawnNews reported that officials confirmed more than nine bodies have been shifted to the hospital.

At least twenty-five people were killed and dozens others injured Monday in an explosion of unknown origin on a vegetable market in Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan.

Citing police sources, Geo News reported that a suicide attacker targeted police personnel deployed at the site.

"We suspect that he [the suicide bomber] came on a motorcycle and he rammed it into a police checkpoint", said Mr Ashraf.

Suicide attacks have always been common in Pakistan, but in recent months Lahore and other major urban centers have experienced a period of relative peace.

Mr Sharif condemned the attack and called for the best possible medical service for the survivors.

Several policemen have also been killed in the blast.

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"Blast destroyed many families, but terrorists can never destroy our resolve", Punjabi province chief minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.

Last February, a blast outside the Punjab state assembly building in Lahore killed 13 people and injured more than 60.

The chief minister was in a meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.

Rescue teams reached the site of the incident.Nature of blast is still to be ascertained.

Punjab Government spokesperson told media that emergency is being announced in nearby hospitals.

However, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

Lahore has been in the centre of terror attacks.