One killed, 20 injured as blast targets police in Raiwind


Lahore deputy police chief Haider Ashraf said on March 14 that an initial investigation suggests the bomb was planted near the checkpoint close to a religious group's main congregation place in Raiwind near Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. A suicide bomber targeted police camp at Raiwind city, 30 km away from Lahore.

Police confirmed the nature of the blast and declared it a suicide attack asserting that a terrorist approached the check post using a motorcycle.

The injured have been shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) Raiwind where some of them are listed in a critical condition, triggering fears that the death toll might go up. He "sought a report from Inspector General Police" and directed the authorities to provide "best possible medical facilities and treatment to the injured persons", read a statement issued by the provincial government. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast.

Security has been tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the vicinity have been secured.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating fearless police officials lay down their lives in line of duty.

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A Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in a WhatsApp message sent to a Reuters reporter.

More than a dozen people also wounded after deadly explosion on the outskirts of Lahore.

"Five policemen - two inspectors and three constables - are among nine persons killed in the blast".

In April, six people including army personnel were killed in a suicide attack on a census team on Bedian Road.