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At least 20 people have been reportedly injured in a blast that rattled Lahore, Pakistan on Monday night. The explosion took place at Lahore’s Band Road.

According to reports, the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device planted in a fruit truck. 

It has also been reported that the blast was of such an intensity that it damaged windows of nearby buildings and and vehicles in its vicinity.

The injured are being provided with medical assistance, the concerned authorities are monitoring the situation. 

Meanwhile, police and rescue operation teams had also reached the spot to carry out rescue work. 

No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the blast.

“It was a bomb blast in a fruit truck,” Punjab government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan said.

The bombing came as ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prepares to return to Lahore, the power bastion of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, in a bid to show the street power his party wields in Punjab.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Haider Ashraf said the truck was loaded with explosives and experts were combing through the wreckage.

“Allah has saved Lahore from big destruction,” he added.

Another top government official also confirmed that it was bomb explosion.

Earlier on July 24, at least 26 people were killed and 58 others injured after a powerful explosion near an IT Park in Pakistan’s Lahore city.

The deafening explosion, which authorities blamed on a suicide bomber, occurred at the entrance of the Kot Lakhpat Vegetable Market on Ferozepur Road.

 

First Published | 8 August 2017 12:00 AM
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