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3 dead, 21 injured in Lahore’s Johar Town blast

LAHORE:  At least three persons were killed, while 21 others sustained injuries as an explosion occurred in a house in Lahore’s Johar Town area.

According to the reports, rescue, police, and bomb disposal teams reached the site of the incident soon after the blast, while witnesses said that the glass windows of nearby houses and buildings have been shattered. One of the buildings was severely damaged and some vehicles parked at the site of the blast were also affected.

21 people, who sustained injuries, had been shifted to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital via private cars and auto-rickshaws. Three persons succumbed to their injuries during treatment, the medical superintendent of the hospital confirmed. 

The Jinnah Hospital management has asked people to come forward and donate blood for the injured, adding that treatment is being provided to the wounded. The injured included one police official, a woman, and two children. 

Police have cordoned off the area for further investigation while traffic has been redirected. 

Inspector General Punjab Inam Ghani has said that the police was the target of the attack and advised the people to not listen to rumours.

The IGP told the media that the CTD is probing the incident and a detailed report will be shared about the nature of the blast and material used in it. “We are not sure what caused the explosion or whether it was a planted devise or a suicide blast.”

When asked about a high-value target near the crime scene, Ghani said had there been no police post the vehicle could have reached it. He, however, did not share further about the high-value target in the area. Inam Ghani vowed to arrest those behind the terror act.

Following the bomb attack in Johar Town, the Lahore police chief issued directives to heightened the security across the city.

Snap-checking in Johar Town and nearby areas have been increased, a statement from the CCPO office said.

Special instructions were given to check suspicious individuals and unclaimed items.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has taken notice of the incident and has sought report from the chief secretary and IG Punjab. “The federal agencies are assisting the Punjab government in the investigation,” the minister added.

Following the incident, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has asked the Inspector-General of Police to submit a detailed report of the blast to him.

An emergency has been declared in Jinnah Hospital to treat the injured, while Rescue 1122 and other relief organisation have been asked to expedite rescue activities.

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