Powerful bomb blast rocks Lahore

Police and security officers cordon off the area after a bombing in Lahore Pakistan on Feb. 13 2017
Police and security officers cordon off the area after a bombing in Lahore Pakistan on Feb. 13 2017
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14 February, 2017

At least 16 people have been killed and 40 more wounded in a bombing outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore, police officials and rescuers said.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the blast was a suicide attack.

Earlier Monday, local media reported a powerful explosion at a rally where people were protesting against local legislation.

A man reportedly crashed his motorcycle into the crowd of protesters before detonating the bomb, local police official Ali Raza told the AP.

No group immediately claimed Monday's explosion, but the same faction of the Pakistani Taliban responsible for the Easter blast recently vowed it would continue carrying out attacks.

Sameer Ahmad, the Lahore deputy commissioner, said at least 11 people were killed and 58 wounded.

Lahore police chief Amin Wains confirmed the death of Mobeen.

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"The chemists were protesting against the controversial drug regulations the government has recently imposed".

Blood-soaked caps, shoes, pieces of clothes, and human flesh strewed the tree-lined site of the blast as army units were called in to join the rescue operation. Several ambulances arrived at the scene, while security forces, including heavy contingents of soldiers, cordoned off the area.

"You are on our target across the country", it added in a statement.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Lahore is the capital of Punjab province and was targeted on Easter Sunday a year ago in an attack that claimed the lives of 75 people.

Pakistan's worldwide tournaments have been held overseas for years out of security fears, and the second year of the popular Twenty20 tournament is now being held in the United Arab Emirates.


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