Killed, Several Injured In Lahore Blast; Police Suspected To Be Target

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According to available information, a terrorist tried to entered camp of Raiwind congregation but policemen stopped him and suicide bomber blew him up, killing seven policemen while injuring 12 persons.

Security forces and police have launched a search operation in the area and a security high alert has also been announced in the city.

Lahore deputy police chief Haider Ashraf said on March 14 that an initial investigation suggests the bomb was planted near the checkpoint close to a religious group's main congregation place in Raiwind near Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

The area deputy inspector general police, Haider Ashraf, told reporters a religious congregation of about 60,000 people was underway in the Raiwind area and the bomber on a motorbike meant to attack the worshipers. The injured were shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Raiwind, where some of them were listed in a critical condition, triggering fears that the death toll might go up.

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The IG directed all officers to ensure implementation of all security SOPs [standard operating procedures] released.

Turkey on Thursday condemned a suicide bombing in Pakistan that left nine people dead and 20 injured.

Security has been tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the vicinity have been secured.

This is the first incident of such nature in Lahore this year, however, nearly 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in 2017.

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At least 18 people were wounded.

In July a year ago, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road.

The suicide attacker for Mall Road blast was traced back to Afghanistan while an accomplice was nabbed.

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