At least 3 dead: Officials reported three persons were killed and 21 others were injured in a bomb attack in Lahore’s Johar Town on Wednesday. According to authorities, the explosion occurred at 11 a.m. in a residential area near the town’s Allah Hu promenade. Damage to surrounding residences was shown on television, with walls collapsing and window panes shattered.
Three persons were slain, according to Lahore police chief Ghulam Mehmood Dogar’s statement. It went on to say that 13 people were injured and were being treated at Jinnah Hospital, while eight others had been released.
In an afternoon press conference, Jinnah Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Yahya Sultan said seven of those taken to the hospital were in severe condition with ball bearing and blast injuries. He went on to say that among the injured were two ladies, one of whom was pregnant and required a ventilator.
The explosion occurred near the residence of outlawed Jamatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, according to Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani, who visited the region a few hours after the incident. He stated police were guarding Saeed’s house at the time of the incident, which left some officials seriously injured.
The impact, according to a Dawn correspondent who was there at the scene after the detonation, damaged Saeed’s house’s windows and walls. Officials are presently examining the damage, according to Ghani, who also stated that nothing could compensate for the lives lost. Citizens may rest comfortably that the criminals will be held accountable.
The Counter-Terrorism Department has been entrusted with the inquiry (CTD). According to him, the CTD will determine if the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber or a device. He advised individuals and the media not to speculate, noting that the government receives hundreds of threat alerts each year. Right now, we have roughly 65 threat warnings, he added, adding that most terrorist attacks have an external element.
Countries that seek to undermine Pakistan and its progress frequently carry out these attacks, he said. Because to our intelligence agencies, we have peace in our country, he added. The car (used in the attack) could not drive much due to the police check post near the blast, the IGP said in a statement published by Punjab police. The terrorists failed to do much damage due to the presence of the police team. At least 3 dead
Later in the day, Ghani underlined in a tweet that the CTD will examine the terrorist crime outside of the media clamor. This way, we won’t have to worry about terrorists and HIAs [hostile intelligence agencies] finding out about our work. I’m hoping that our media will understand and work with us he stated
Earlier, Lahore Deputy Commissioner Mudassir Riaz Malik told reporters at the scene of the event that 12 persons had been injured, including women and children. He added that among the injured was a police officer. Malik had indicated at the time that it was not immediately evident what had caused the blast, but that it had created a crater. After an investigation, we will be able to ascertain the cause, he said, adding that the area had been sealed off.
A local citizen claimed that his home had been severely damaged. It was built about six years ago. We don’t have anywhere else to go Samaa TV was told by a visibly worried man. An explosive planted on a motorcycle, according to another eyewitness, detonated.
A representative with Rescue 1122 stated it was unclear what triggered the blast a few minutes after it happened. We haven’t been able to figure out if the leak was caused by a gas pipeline or a cylinder. However, four individuals have been transferred to the hospital, and more people are expected to be harmed.
FIR has been filed.
At the CTD police station in Lahore, a first information report (FIR) was also filed against unknown suspects under various provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code, the Anti-Terrorism Act, and the Explosive Substance Act. According to the FIR, some CTD personnel were near Jinnah Hospital searching for members of a proscribed organization when they heard a loud explosion coming from the Jauhar Town area. At least 3 dead
The boom was so powerful that a deep hole created at the site of the explosion, and surrounding home doors and windows were destroyed, as well as cars parked nearby, according to the FIR. It was discovered (during the preliminary inquiry) that a large amount of explosive material was detonated in a car, the statement continued. The explosion injured 24 persons, according to the FIR.
Punjab’s Chief Minister has taken note. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was alerted to the explosion and directed the IG to investigate and report on the occurrence. Those responsible for the explosion should be prosecuted, he said. He directed officials to provide the finest medical care to those who were hurt, as well as to declare an emergency at Jinnah Hospital.
The Punjab government, he said, stood behind the victims and their families. He said the incident is being examined by the additional IG CTD, and that Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid was on the scene to ensure that those injured received the best medical care possible. Sheikh Rashid, the Federal Interior Minister, took notice and ordered the Punjab chief secretary and the Inspector General to submit a report. The minister prayed for the injured to recover quickly. At least 3 dead
The nature of the blast is being determined, he said, adding that the federal government would cooperate with the provincial authorities in the investigation. Shehbaz Sharif, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, described the explosion in Lahore as ominous. I am deeply concerned that the law and order situation is not receiving the attention it requires. It’s crucial to look for possible leads and develop context. My regrets and prayers go out to the lost families and the injured he stated
Following the bombing in Johar Town, the police chief of Lahore issued orders to beef up security around the city. According to a statement from the CCPO office, snap-checking has been increased in Johar Town and surrounding areas. Suspicious individuals and unclaimed objects have been subjected to extra scrutiny. At least 3 dead
Meanwhile, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the Interior Minister, has taken notice of the occurrence and has requested a report from the Punjab Chief Secretary and Inspector General.