Deaths, Injuries Reported In Pakistan Blast As Hundreds Demonstrate

13 Février, 2017, 22:50 | Auteur: Stephane Girardot
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No group immediately claimed Monday's explosion, but the same faction of the Pakistani Taliban responsible for the Easter blast recently vowed it would continue carrying out attacks.

The attack "seems to be a suicide blast", senior police official Amin Wains said, adding it had apparently targeted police trying to regulate the protest.

Hours earlier, DIG Mobin had been seen on television, mediating with the protesters gathered at the site. The incident took place when hundreds of pharmaceutical distributors were protesting against the Drug Act introduced by the Punjab Government.

The security forces have cordoned off the area and the inner cordon was taken over by Army personnel.

"Rescue workers rushed to the scene", Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Lahore, said.

The injured people, including policemen, chemists, and newsmen, have been shifted to nearby state-run hospitals where a state of emergency has been declared.

Blast site in Lahore.

The prime minister vowed the attacks would not weaken Pakistan's resolve in fight against militancy.

NACTA had directed that all vital installations, including important buildings, hospitals and schools, be kept under strict vigilance.

Lahore was the site of an Easter Day bombing previous year that killed more than 70 people in a public park.

On February 7, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had issued a warning that "an unidentified terrorist group has planned a terrorist attack in Lahore".