Update: “At least 60 others are injured,” a hospital source in Lahore told media, after the explosion which detonated as hundreds demonstrated outside the Punjab provincial assembly on Monday.
Islamabad: Suicide bombing occurred outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore during a large protest in the area, killing 16 including two senior police officers and injuring 30.
A suicide bomber exploded outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore. The suicide bomber was on a motorbike, added police officials.
DIG Traffic Lahore Capt (retd) Ahmad Mobin was killed in the attack along with SSP Gondal of Punjab Police. Hours earlier, DIG Traffic had been seen on television mediating with protesters who had gathered at the site. Mobin was negotiating with protesters to end the strike and clear the area.
A large group of chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers had been protesting in front of the assembly when a nearby vehicle exploded. There was a significant presence of law enforcers in the area due to the protest.
Rescue services, including ambulances and fire tenders have reached the spot of the incident. The injured are being shifted to Mayo Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital.
A large number of people were present at the spot when the bomb exploded.
Security forces have cordoned off the area.