LAHORE: At least 26 people, including nine policemen, have been martyred while over 60 others were injured in a suicide attack in the Ferozepur Road area of the provincial capital on Monday afternoon, senior government official confirmed.
Talking to media, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said that the blast, which occurred at around 3:55pm, was a suicide attack and that police were the target. The Tehreek-i-Taliban claimed responsibility, stating that a suicide attacker had used a motorcycle bomb to target police officials.
A Police Department spokesperson confirmed that nine policemen were killed in the blast while the injured included at least six policemen. Rescue 1122 teams shifted the injured to nearby hospitals, where an emergency had been imposed.
Punjab government spokesperson Malik Mohammad Ahmed said that the attack had occurred at an old vegetable market in the Kot Lakhpat – a busy locality where chief minister office is also located nearby. A police officer said that the bombing targeted policemen who were providing security for the Lahore Development Authority, which was involved in demolition work targeting encroachments nearby.
No words can express the grief which grips my heart right now. Blast destroyed many families, but terrorists can never destroy our resolve..
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 24, 2017
Ball bearings used in the making of the explosive device also caused damages to the nearby buildings. In the image, a broken window can be seen as a result.