26 Twenty-six dead, 66 injured in Lahore suicide blast

LAHORE: At least 26 people, eight police personnel among them, were killed and 66 others injured in a suicide blast near Arfa Karim Tower on Ferozpur road on Monday, officials said.

Police said that a suicide bomber riding a motorcyle had tried to target policemen, who were present in the area to handle any possible untoward situation in reaction to the ongoing anti-encroachment operation. The blast left at least 26 dead and 57 wounded.

A Sub-Inspector and an Assistant-Sub Inspector were among the eight police personnel killed in the incident.

Police and rescue sources said that the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals including, Jinnah Hospital, General Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital. Police personnel were also among the injured. Two of the dead were identified as Abid and Moazzam, hospital sources said.

Five of the injured are in critical condition, hospital sources said.

Three motorcyles were also destroyed in the blast.

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