Pakistan says auto bomb has killed 12, wounded 25 in Lahore

At least 26 people were killed and 58 others injured on Monday in a powerful explosion, claimed by Pakistan Taliban, near an IT Park in Pakistan's Lahore city, officials said.

Earlier, SP Imran Awan confirmed that more than nine bodies were shifted to the hospital.

As per the report an anti-encroachment drive was underway in the area when the explosion took place.

Police sources told Geo that a suicide attacker targeted police personnel.

Minutes after the attack, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan put the death toll at 14 and said the toll may rise.

Ashraf said the bomber hit the policemen when they were having a roadside meeting to establish check posts to stop encroachers to enter the vegetable market.

In April, another six people were killed when a vehicle carrying government census workers was targeted by a suicide attack in Lahore.

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Authorities are trying to ascertain the cause and nature of the explosion.

The blast spread chaos on the streets as locals started evacuation on the nearby buildings.

An emergency was declared in city hospitals.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the chief minister strongly condemned blast.

The explosion left 57 other people injured, out of which, 11 were said to be in precarious condition.

The bombing was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, in a message sent to the media by spokesman Muhammad Khurassani.

The bomb went off in one of the most secure parts of the city, near to where the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, has his office.

  • Carlos Nash