Political leaders condemn Lahore blast on Twitter

Rescue teams have been dispatched for the site

SP Imran Awan confirmed that more than nine bodies were shifted to the hospital, the Dawn report said.

At least 26 people have died in a bomb blast targeting police in Pakistan on Monday, officials told CNN.

The powerful blast, which blew out many windows in the round, "looks like an attack suicide against the police, but we are still in the process of verifying its nature", said a top city official, Abdullah Khan, Sumbul.

Eye witnesses say that a bomb exploded in a parked motorcycle parked on the pathway at the main Ferozpur road near old vegetable market (sabzi mandi) of Lahore.

Rescue workers and policemen gather after a suicide blast in Lahore, Pakistan July 24, 2017. The number of killed, according to media, has reached at least 25, while 39 others have been reported injured.

In separate statements, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the Lahore blast in which precious lives were lost and prayed for the departed souls.

Three motorcylces and a auto were destroyed in the blast whereas registration number of the suspected vehicle was laid out LRB 9308.

Malik Mohammad Ahmed, a spokesman for the Punjab government, said the blast occurred near the secretariat of Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, but that he was not in the office at the time.




Blood-soaked caps, shoes, pieces of clothes and human flesh lay strewn across the blast site, as paramilitary rangers were called in to join the rescue effort.

As per reports, Arfa Karim Towers was evacuated following the blast.

The city administration declared an emergency in hospitals and appealed for blood donations.

Five of the injured are in critical condition, hospital sources said.

Numerous wounded are policemen, with several bystanders also injured in the blast.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Lahore has been the target of terrorist attacks in recent months.

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