A teenager Talibani suicide bomber attacked a police check-post near the residence of Pakistan’s ex prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, killing nine people, including five policemen, police said.
According to rescue officials, the blast took place last night close to a police check post, a few kilometers from the palatial residence of the Sharif family, and next to the congregation of the Tableeghi Jamaat centre.
“Five policemen – two inspectors and three constables – are among nine persons killed in the blast,” Rescue 1122 spokesman Jam Sajjad told PTI.
At least 9 people, including 5 policemen, were martyred when a Talibani suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint on Raiwind Road late Wednesday night.
More than 25 people, and several police, were wounded in the explosion which is the third suicide terror strike on Lahore police since 2017. A young officer and at least 9 other policemen were also ferried to hospitals on ambulances soon after the terror hit that shattered calm in the city after months-long lull.
Last year in February, a mall road suicide attack of Lahore claimed as many as 14 lives including a celebrated police officer, weeks ahead of the final match of PSL that was played in Qaddafi Stadium.
A spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehrik-i-Taliban had telephoned Reuters and claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack.
The religious party is an ultra-orthodox Islamic sect which preaches that Muslims should replicate the life of Prophet Muhammad and tells its followers they are duty-bound to travel across the world to preach about Islam