Published On:Monday, 13 February 2017
Posted by Chaudhry

Terror revisits Lahore: At least 16 killed in Mall Road bomb blast



LAHORE – At least 16 people including senior police officers have been killed while dozens other injured after a strong explosion near Punjab Assembly on Sunday.
The bomb blast occurred at Chairing Cross, Mall Road, Lahore, killing DIG Traffic Capt (r) Ahmad Mubeen and SSP Mahmood Gondal, police sources told Daily Pakistan.
News in brief
  • CTO Traffic Lahore Captain Syed Ahmed Mobin martyred
  • Acting DIG Zahid Ikram Gondal also martyred
  • Bomb exploded outside the gate of Punjab Assembly, a busy thoroughfare
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers and chemists were protesting in the area
  • A nearby parked vehicle exploded
  • Agencies had already warned of a major attack on Lahore
Many vehicles parked near the blast site caught fire, triggering panic and chaos in the area.
Heavy contingents of police and Rescue-1122 teams have reached the spot and shifting the injured – including policemen and media persons – to nearby hospitals. Firefighters are also busy in extinguishing the fire.

At the Chairing Cross, medical store owners were staging a protest sit-in against the Drug Act introduced by the Punjab Government and hundreds of people were present there when the incident occurred.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the blast, saying that police failed to maintain a high-level security due to massive participation of people in the protest.
“It is premature to say anything about the nature of the blast and the exact number of injured people,” he added.
So far, no militant group or terrorist organisation has claimed the responsibility.
Last year, on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016), at least 75 people were killed and over 340 injured in a suicide bombing that hit the main entrance of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, one of the largest parks in Lahore, Pakistan.

The attack targeted Christians who were celebrating Easter. Of the 75 dead, 14 were identified as Christians and the rest (61) as Muslims. The majority of victims were women and children.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack led to worldwide condemnation and national mourning throughout Pakistan. In a result, Pakistan launched a widespread counter-terrorism operation in South Punjab, killing prominent leaders of banned outfits and arresting more than 200 people.

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