LAHORE : A suicide bombing took place outside The Punjab Assembly in Pakistan's' Lahore, that killing at least 16 people along with two police officers, and nearly 80 people were injured ,on Monday evening.
DIG (Traffic) Syed Ahmed Mubeen and Senior Superintendent of Police Zahid Gondal were persuading protesters to clear way for traffic. More casualties are feared as more than 40 inured are in critical condition.
The highly intense explosion occurred at 6:03 pm on Lahore's' Mall Road at the site of a protest , where negotiation were going between protesting Pharmacists and DIG Traffic Lahore Capt(R) Ahmad Mobin.
The police officers were persuading the protesters to clear way for traffic when a young man on motorcycle came near them and triggered an explosion. At least four traffic constables were among the dead and among the dead are some media persons who were there to cover the protest.
The spot was outside the state Assembly building. the police officers had nearly persuaded the demonstration to move to the sidewalk and allow the traffic to move, 'when the bomber struck. The powerful explosion shook the entire area and could be heard from as far as 10km from the spot.
Jamat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the Lahore blast. Reports say that about two suicide bombers have entered the city of Lahore and the city was on high alert.
Jamat-ul-arhar has also been responsible for some recent bombing events in the past. The faction of the Pakistani Taliban was also resposnible for the deadly Easter attack in Lahore , On 27 March 2016, Easter Sunday, at least 75 people were killed and over 340 were injured in suicide bombing that hit the main gate of Gulshan-e-Iqbal and one of the largest parks in Lahore.
On February 7, a notification was issued by the National Counter Terrorism Authority of Pakistan, warning probable terror attack in Lahore emphasasing enhance vigil and security enforcement in the area.
Section 144 has been imposed in Lahore by the Punjab government.