Six killed in Raiwind explosion claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban

BDS officials collect evidence from the blast site. —DawnNewsTV

Police officials stated that it could be a cylinder explosion but actual nature of the blast is still unknown. The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) in Raiwind.

He told reporters that three policemen were among the dead. Ashraf added that body parts of the bomber have been retrieved from the site and an investigation is under way.

More than a dozen other people were wounded in the explosion, which took place close to a police post set up near the grounds where a religious congregation was taking place.

Haider Ashraf, Lahore police chief, said that evidence collected from the scene suggested it was a suicide attack.

Security has been tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the vicinity have been secured. He "sought a report from Inspector General Police" and directed the authorities to provide "best possible medical facilities and treatment to the injured persons", read a statement issued by the provincial government.

Defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. A search operation in the surrounding area has also been launched.

The suicide attacker for Mall Road blast was traced back to Afghanistan while an accomplice was nabbed.

In July previous year, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road.

The attack took place in the suburb of Raiwind in Lahore, the main town of central Punjab province, near a mosque hosting a religious congregation of some 60,000 people.

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