Lahore: 8 killed, 25 hurt in blast outside Sufi shrine Data Darbar

Lahore: 8 killed, 25 hurt in blast outside Sufi shrine Data Darbar: According to the officials, at least nine persons, including five police personnel, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a major Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s Lahore on Wednesday as the country marks the fasting month of Ramzan.

Suicide attack outside Lahore’s Data Darbar Sufi shrine, eight dead

The bomb detonated at 08.45 am outside the gate number 2 of the Data Darbar shrine, one of Lahore’s most popular shrines. The shrine is located in a densely populated area of the city. The local media reported that scared bystanders attempted to shield themselves from the impact of the blast by lying down for cover. The nature of the blast is yet to be determined, but police suspect it was a carried out by a suicide bomber.

Punjab Inspector General of Police Arif Nawaz told reporters: “There is no doubt it was an attack targeting the police.” He explained that the police are posted near the shrine to provide security round-the-clock.

At least 25 people were being treated for injuries, some of whom were grievously injured.  The condition of four policemen is stated to be critical.

According to the reports, the preliminary investigation suggested that the blast could have been carried out by a suicide bomber with the intention to target the police force. The bomb contained seven kilograms of explosive material

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the loss of lives in the attack, expressing grief and condoling with the victims’ families for their loss.

Punjab Law Minister Basharat Raja said that the death toll may rise as some of the injured’s condition is critical. He said, “We condemn this cowardly act.”

Three elite police force officials were killed in the blast. A civilian and a security guard also lost their lives in the attack. Police officials said that eight of the people injured in the blast were in a critical condition. The wounded have been shifted to the Mayo Hospital.

Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent Yar Muhammad put the death toll to nine. “We have received nine persons, including policemen dead. The condition of six injured is critical and doctors are trying their best to save their lives,” he said.

After the blast, entry to the Data Darbar has been restricted and devotees who were inside the shrine have been evacuated from a back door.