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Bomb blast in Lahore kills three and injured 20

The bombing occurred in the Paan Mandi in Lahore’s famed Anarkali market, where Indian commodities are sold, shattering windows of nearby shops and buildings.

Lahore: A bomb blast rocked a crowded shopping bazaar in Pakistan’s Lahore on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, authorities said.

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“Initial investigations reveal that the bomb was caused by a time-controlled device on a motorcycle,” said Rana Arif, a spokesman for the Lahore police.

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The incident occurred at the Paan Mandi in Lahore’s famous Anarkali market, where Indian items are sold, shattering windows of neighbouring stores and buildings.

Bomb blast in Lahore
Bomb blast in Lahore

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but since December, when a cease-fire between the government and Pakistan’s Taliban expired, there have been a number of bombings and attacks against police.

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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a homegrown movement with ties to the Afghan Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the majority of the attacks.

“We’re figuring out what kind of blast it is. A total of 20 persons were injured in the incident and were taken to hospitals “Dr. Mohammad Abid, Deputy Inspector General Police Operation, informed reporters at the bomb site.

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Officials from the Counter Terrorism Department and the Bomb Disposal Squad have arrived at the scene and are investigating the cause of the explosion, he said.

According to Rescue 1122, the injured were transported to Mayo Hospital, where two of them died as a result of their injuries.

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Dr. Iftikhar, Mayo Hospital’s medical superintendent, claimed that two people, including a kid, died as a result of their injuries. According to him, the status of four injured people who were taken to the hospital is critical.

The blast also destroyed several motorcycles and vendor stalls, and the area has been cordoned off by police. After the explosion, the entire Anarkali Bazaar was shut down.

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