Blast kills one at Lahore Anarkali market

Published October 10, 2013
Police officials work at the scene of a bomb explosion at a food market in Lahore on October 10, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials work at the scene of a bomb explosion at a food market in Lahore on October 10, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials work at the scene of a bomb explosion at a food market in Lahore on October 10, 2013.—AFP Photo
Police officials work at the scene of a bomb explosion at a food market in Lahore on October 10, 2013.—AFP Photo

LAHORE: A blast in Lahore's Old Anarkali market area killed one person and injured at least a dozen others on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

The Bomb Disposal Squad and security personnel also reached the site and cordoned off the area as a search operation went underway to clear out the vicinity.

DIG operations of Lahore police, Muhammad Tahir Rai, said that the bomb was equipped with a timer device and confirmed that at least one person had died and at least a dozen others were injured in the attack.

Another police official said that two suspicious persons were taken into custody by security personnel during a search operation conducted in the area.

Moreover, BDS sources said that one kilogram of explosives was used in the Improvised Explosive Device.

Rescue teams reached the blast site whereas the victims were shifted to Mayo hospital where the condition of two injured was reported as critical.

Shops and businesses were shut in the area as fear and panic gripped the area after the incident.

The blast also caused partial damage to nearby buildings.

Premier Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast in a statement issued by the Prime Minister's office.

No group or person claimed responsibility for the attack till the filing of this report.

Anarkali was also previously targeted in a bomb attack in July this year, during which five people were killed and 50 others were injured.

A Police official had told Dawn that a group, calling itself Baloch Liberation Tigers, led by Meeran Baloch, had claimed responsibility for July attack.

In related news, the BDS was also called in at the Lahore High Court premises after information was received pertaining to the presence of a bomb in the said area.

BDS personnel conducted a search operation of the Lahore High Court after which the premises was declared as clear.

Opinion

Editorial

Slow start
Updated 15 Jun, 2024

Slow start

Despite high attendance, the NA managed to pass only a single money bill during this period.
Sindh lawlessness
Updated 15 Jun, 2024

Sindh lawlessness

A recently released report describes the law and order situation in Karachi as “worryingly poor”.
Punjab budget
15 Jun, 2024

Punjab budget

PUNJAB’S budget for 2024-25 provides much fodder to those who believe that the increased provincial share from the...
Budget and politics
Updated 14 Jun, 2024

Budget and politics

PML-N, scared of taking bold steps lest it loses whatever little public support it has, has left its traditional support — traders — virtually untouched.
New talks?
14 Jun, 2024

New talks?

WILL this prove another false start, or may we expect a more sincere effort this time? Reference is made to the...
A non-starter
14 Jun, 2024

A non-starter

WHILE the UN Security Council had earlier this week adopted a US-backed resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza...