1 killed, 20 injured in blast in Pakistan's Lahore

One killed, 20 injured as blast targets police in Raiwind

One killed, 20 injured as blast targets police in Raiwind

The blast took place close to a police check post, a few kilometres from the palatial residence of the Sharif family and close to the congregation of the Tableeghi Jamaat.

The injured have been shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Raiwind where some of them are listed in a critical condition, triggering fears that the death toll might go up.

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

He told reporters that three policemen were among the dead. 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. A search operation in the surrounding area has also been launched.

Meanwhile, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan has ordered the force to declare a security high alert across the province.

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The bombing was claimed by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group in a statement sent to AFP, in which the jihadists threatened more attacks on police in retaliation for killing their "associates" in Punjab.

In 2016, Lahore, 375km southeast of the capital Islamabad, suffered one of Pakistan's deadliest assaults when a suicide bomber in a park killed more than 70 people, including many children.

"A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle attacked the police", Ashraf said.

This is the first incident of such nature in Lahore this year, however, nearly 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in 2017.

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