LAHORE: Eight persons were killed while 30 wounded in a terror attack outside an eatery in Z-Block of Defence Housing Authority.
Minister for Law in Punjab, Rana Sanaullah has said that a forensic report of the incident would reveal details over it. Security forces have held two suspects in clearance operation in the surroundings. The operation was led by the military and rangers personnel while contingents of law enforcement agencies are patrolling different areas of Lahore.
Sources privy to Punjab Police have revealed that explosives weighing at least eight to ten kilograms were used however, probe would reveal whether the planted bomb was remotely controlled or was there a time device. Emergency was imposed in all nearby health facilities as Rescue 1122 personnel shifted the injured to hospitals.
Minister for Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique, brother to Federal Minister for Railways, Saad Rafique donated blood at a local medical centre following the attack. McDonalds, situated on Main Boulevard received a threat-call after DHA explosion prompting the administration to mobilise security assets to evacuate all restaurants and markets in Gulberg area.
This is the second bomb blast in Lahore this month after a suicide bomber targeted a protest outside Punjab Assembly claiming 14 lives including that of Deputy Inspector General of Traffic Police, Syed Mobin Ahmad. Paramilitary force, Pakistan Rangers have been called in Punjab province with exclusive policing powers to carry out operations to weed out budding terror elements. Rangers personnel are also carrying out a targeted operation in Sindh, mainly Karachi since 2013.