A powerful bomb went off outside Punjab Assembly on Mall Road in Lahore, leaving scores of people injured. Among the injured are several policemen, women and media persons.
According to information reaching here, a sit-in was being staged by Punjab Medical Stores Association on Chairing Cross, Mall Road when the blast occurred.
Many vehicles parked near the blast site caught fire, triggering panic and chaos in the area. A DSNG of Aaj TV was badly damaged following the blast. Heavy police force and rescue teams reached the scene and started shifting the wounded to hospitals. Many of those injured were rushed to nearby Mayor Hospital.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed the blast, saying that police failed to maintain a high level security due to massive participation of people in the protest. “It is premature to say anything about the nature of the blast and the exact number of injured people,” he said. -SAMAA