Five people have been killed and 30 injured on Wednesday after a bomb blast at Lahore’s Johar Town, officials said.
The explosion took place around 11am in a residential area near the town’s Allah Hu boulevard, police said.
Television footage showed visible damage to nearby houses whose walls had collapsed and window panes shattered.
“The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has taken over [the investigation]. The CTD will determine whether it was a suicide blast or if a device was used,” he said.
A statement shared by Punjab police quoted the IGP as saying that “the vehicle (used in the attack) could not move much due to the police check post near the blast and the terrorists failed to do much damage due to the presence of the police team.”
“These attacks are usually carried out by countries that want to harm Pakistan and its progress,” he said. We have peace in our country because of our intelligence agencies, said the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani.