Six killed in Raiwind explosion claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban

Six killed in Raiwind explosion claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban

Deputy Inspector General of Police Haider Ashraf told local reporters that the blast hit a police check post in Raiwind area located on the outskirts of Lahore, the provincial capital of eastern Punjab province.

The senior police official stressed that if the suicide attacker had managed to enter the congregation site, the death toll could have been much higher.

The DIG said it was apparently a suicide blast, saying the body parts of the bomber have been recovered.

Pakistani rescue workers push a stretcher carrying an injured man to the hospital following the blast of a motorcycle bomb attack in Lahore on March 14, 2018.

The police camp was set up for the security of an ongoing congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat.

Nature of the blast is not known yet.

According to rescue officials, a caller who informed them about the incident said it was a cylinder blast.

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No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a tweet, Punjab province's government "strongly condemned" the attack.

In July past year, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road.

The group was also behind the massacre of more than 150 people at a Peshawar school in December 2014 and the October 2012 shooting of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar had also claimed responsibility for an Easter Day bombing in Lahore a year ago that killed more than 70 people in a public park.

Initial reports suggested, a motorbike was used in the blast, he said, adding that it could have been the act of a suicide bomber.

In April, six people including army personnel were killed in a suicide attack on a census team on Bedian Road.