Blast leaves 72 dead in Lahore

LAHORE: At least 72 people were dead and over 200 others injured in a bomb explosion that took place at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park of Iqbal Town in Lahore on Sunday evening.

An eye witness said a suspicious person was seen carrying bag inside the park. Eye witnesses have expressed suspicion of the blast as being suicide and said there were pools of blood and scattered body parts in the park, where a large number of families, especially women and children, were present on the evening.

The blast took place at Gate No 1 of the park.

Pakistan Army, rescue officials and police have reached the explosion site after an emergency call was received at rescue center at around 6:44pm.

Emergency has been declared by the government in all the public hospitals in the city, while a heavy contingent of police has cordoned off the area.

The dead and injured have been shifted to different hospitals, including Jinnah, Meo, Farooq, Ganga Ram and Sheikh Zayed, for medico-legal formalities and medical treatment respectively.

Advisor for Ministry of Health in Punjab Salman Rafeeq has requested for blood donation from masses for the injured people.

Senior police officer Amin Vains said preliminary investigations were underway and details would be released later.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have condemned the blast in Lahore.

In his message, the president said such coward acts would not shake nation’s resolve against terrorism.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz has also condemned the blast and directed to provide best possible medical facilities to the injured.

Dead bodies are still pouring in hospitals.

DIG Operations Punjab Dr Hyder Ashraf said apparently it seemed a suicide blast, however investigation teams would further confirm it. It was a soft target for the terrorists.