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

BDS officials collect evidence from the blast site. —DawnNewsTV

BDS officials collect evidence from the blast site. —DawnNewsTV

Volunteers rush a wounded police officer to a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

The group was also behind the massacre of more than 150 people at a Peshawar school in December 2014 and the October 2012 shooting of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

According to available information, a terrorist tried to entered camp of Raiwind congregation but policemen stopped him and suicide bomber blew him up, killing seven policemen while injuring 12 persons.

"Seven persons have been killed in the blast".

The area deputy inspector general police, Haider Ashraf, told reporters a religious congregation of about 60,000 people was underway in the Raiwind area and the bomber on a motorbike meant to attack the worshipers.

Police officials stated that it could be a cylinder explosion but actual nature of the blast is still unknown.

However, he did not give the exact age of the boy.

The senior police official stressed that if the suicide attacker had managed to enter the congregation site, the death toll could have been much higher.

Punjab's chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said: "The martyred policemen are our heroes". A fire ball was seen after the blast at the Nisar Police Check Post.

A spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehrik-i-Taliban had telephoned Reuters and claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack.

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

"The PSL semi-finals will be held in Lahore as per schedule as we have made all security arrangements in this regard", Ashraf said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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