A suicide bomb blast claimed by the Taliban ripped through a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 18, officials said.
Police were deployed in the area to provide security to a congregation of the religious group.
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Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Punjab Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed that an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a Station House Officer (SHO) are among injured persons. The blast occurred near a police check post, he said, adding that police was the target. 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.
Washington on Thursday offered a $5 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban militant leader, Mulllah Fazlullah, a day after a suspected US drone strike on a training camp in a remote part of Afghanistan killed his son and more than 20 other militants preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan.
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No militant group has claimed the responsibility of the blast so far.
A powerful blast tonight near the residence of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif here killed at least eight persons, including four policemen, police said.
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Meanwhile, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan has ordered the force to declare a security high alert across the province. He also directed the CCPO to ensure that best medical treatment is provided to the personnel and officers injured. The suicide attack has taken place a week before the semi-finals of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore. Lahore experienced multiple terror attacks in 2017 that killed more than 60 people.