Explosion In Lahore’s Defence Area, 8 Dead

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Update: Second explosion heard in another upscale neighbourhood in Lahore, says TV reports: Reuters

Update: 8 killed, 20 injured in bomb attack in Lahore.

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Islamabad: An explosion has been reported in Lahore’s Y Block in the Defence locality on Thursday.

The nature of the blast could not be immediately ascertained, police said. According to media reports, the explosion occurred inside a restaurant and has caused considerable damage to nearby buildings.

Sources say as many as five people have been killed and 15 injured. TV footage of the site showed bricks strewn in what appears to be a commercial area. The shops surrounding the blast site have also been damaged.

The market has been sealed by law enforcement personnel and a search operation is ongoing.

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