Truck Bomb Strikes Lahore

A policeman stands guard at the scene after a blast in Lahore Pakistan

The latest attack came some two weeks after a powerful explosion claimed the lives of at least 26 people and injured dozens more in the city.

Deputy Inspector General Dr Haider Ashraf quoted by the local media said the attackers might have been intending to transport the explosives to other areas of the city. During the crossfire, four terrorists were killed while their accomplices managed to escape taking benefit of darkness, the spokesman added. The truck had been at the stand for the last three days.

Sharif was initially scheduled to travel to Lahore from Islamabad via the famous Grand Trunk Road on Sunday, but the rally was postponed to Wednesday.

Authorities recovered one body near the blast site on Monday night after initially saying there had been no casualties.

The search and rescue operation was completed on Tuesday evening with the help of heavy machinery.

Supporting the cause voiced by the pharmaceutical industry, LCCI president Abdul Basit, senior vice president Amjad Ali Jawa and vice president Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan said the matter should be resolved at the earliest to protect economic interests of the country.

Officials said a huge cache of explosives had been stored in the truck.

The blast also triggered a power-cut as high voltage electric wires too were damaged. "The electricity supply has been restored in the area".

In the meantime, certain sources are saying that the truck bomb was prepared with an aim to target the convoy of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Following Monday's bombing, police security has been heightened across the provincial metropolis with massive security sweep involving police commandoes and paramilitary troops to hunt down suspected elements.

The deafening explosion, which authorities blamed on a suicide bomber, occurred at the entrance of the Kot Lakhpat Vegetable Market on Ferozepur Road.

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