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Eight killed, several injured in Lahore suicide bombing

Eight killed, several injured in Lahore suicide bombing
Officials said the attack targeted the Police Lines but the security measures forced the bomber to detonate his explosives prematurely, Dawn reported.

Initial investigations revealed that ball bearings were used in the bomb attack in which a police official was also killed and a policewoman was among the injured, police sources said.

A spokesperson for the TTP's (also called Pakistan Taliban) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction, said the attack
was carried out by the splinter group. The blast occurred near the main gate of Police Lines in the city's Gujjar Singh area. Several vehicles parked near the blast site caught fire and the window panes of nearby buildings were also shattered.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack.

Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif also condemned the bombing and sought a report on the incident.

Witnesses said gunshots were heard from inside the Police Lines, which is close to the HQ of Pakistan Railways. Security personnel, however, said the shots were fired by members of the law enforcement following the blast.



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