Bomb Blast In Lahore 50 Dead 240 Injured Latest Updates
Lahore: More than 50 people have been died and upto 240 are injured in a suicide bomb blast in a crowded park in gulshan e Iqbal. According to the CCPO Lahore bomb blast was suicide attack. Children and women were also among the victims while three of the deceased belonged to a same family.
The explosion took place inside Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, where hundreds of children, women and men were said to be present.
The park was packed with people due to weekly holiday and Easter celebrations.
Salman Rafique, Adviser to Chief Minister (Health Affairs), confirmed the death of more than 50 people in the terrorist attack, adding another 240 people were wounded.
Dr Haider Ashraf, DIG Operations, confirmed that it was a suicide attack. “The bomber wanted to target innocent people,”.
According to Rescue sources, more than 120 injured people were shifted to nearby hospitals, where emergency was declared.
The death toll is feared to go up as some of those wounded are in critical condition.
Around 35 people, three of them children, were shifted to Jinnah Hospital while 45 were rushed to Sheikh Zayed Hospital and others were taken to private hospitals.
Salman Rafiq, Adviser to Chief Minister on Health, said that more than 200 were injured in the attacks.
Emergency was declared in all hospitals of the city and security was put on high alert.
An eyewitness told that a stampede broke out after the explosion and many children were separated from their parents.
According to security sources, upper body of the suspected bomber was still intact and that he could be easily identified.
Troops and personnel of Counter-Terrorism Department also reached the scene to carry out the rescue work and cordon off the area.
PM Nawaz Sharif condemns blast
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday strongly condemned the blast incident in Lahore.
The Prime minister expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of innocent lives.
He also directed the authorities concerned to ensure special medical care to the injured, said PM Office Media Wing.
In a press statement, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the terrorist attack and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims.