Blast heard in Lahore, several reported injured

LAHORE Aug 07: At least 22 people were injured when an explosion occurred, reportedly in a truck, in Lahore’s Bund road area on Monday evening.

The number of injured was confirmed by rescue sources.

MS Munshi hospital said that 22 wounded were brought to the facility, while 10 people were discharged after being adminstered first aid.

Hospital sources further said that 10 of the injured are under treatment while two have been referred to Mayo hospital for further treatment.

It is suspected that the truck was coming from Swat, sources informed.

Following the explosion, a large contingent of security forces personnel reached the site of the incident and cordoned off the area.

Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) personnel also started a search of the area to ensure clearance from any explosive material.

According to SP city, the explosion took place in a truck loaded with fruits.

The police official added that it is suspected that the truck contained explosive material.

‘We do not know as of yet what has caused the incident in Lahore,” said Punjab police spokesperson Nayab Haider.

A nearby three-storeyed building completely collapsed due to the intensity of the explosion.

The truck was completely destroyed in the explosion while nearby building were also damaged.

Earlier in July, at least 26 people were martyred in a suicide attack in the Ferozepur area of the provincial capital. The suicide attacker had targetted a group of policemen.

In April, six people were martyred and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore’s Bedian Road.

In February, a suicide bomber martyred 14 people, including senior police officers, when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.