Lahore: 2 dead, 35 injured in blast near Sagiyan bridge

"At least 34 people have been injured, a lot of them were passersby", he added, noting that the wounded had been sent to two hospitals.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Yasmin Rashid, who is also a candidate to contest election from NA-120 after the seat fell vacant due to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's disqualification, has demanded implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) in Punjab to curb attacks.

A spokesman for the Lahore electric supply company said the high-intensity blast badly damaged the circuit of the grid station.

Another blast, targeting a census team in April, had resulted in the deaths of six people, including five forces personnel. The truck had remained parked for three days and despite residents of the area having reported to the police the presence of a suspicious vehicle no action was taken.

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The initial inquiry suggested that the truck was carrying crates of apricot being transported from Swat to the city, police authorities said. At least four injured were said to be in critical condition in Mayo Hospital. The large store of explosives in the truck could also be used to launch a major attack inside Lahore. He said windowpanes of a nearby building were also shattered while the roof of a school building in the vicinity also collapsed due to the blast.

On July 24, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police team near residence-cum-office of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here, killing 27 people, including policemen. His rally would have passed by the point as per the earlier plan.

Mayor Mubashir Javed told reports that they will initiate an investigation and look at all angles. He said under the Sunday rally plan, the blast site was on the route of Mr Sharif's rally.

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