Seven dead, over a dozen injured in explosion in Raiwind

The explosion occurred near a police check post on Raiwind Road. —DawnNewsTV

The explosion occurred near a police check post on Raiwind Road. —DawnNewsTV

However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast.

A spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehrik-i-Taliban had telephoned Reuters and claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack.

It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometers from the site.

Emergency has been declared in Jinnah Hospital Lahore where injured are moved from the scene.

Hospital officials feared that the death toll might further rise as some of the injured were in critical condition.

He said the "police personnel" were the target of the blast. Police said they are investigating.

"The PSL semi-finals will be held in Lahore as per schedule as we have made all security arrangements in this regard", Ashraf said.

Police said the blast took place after evening prayers and most members of the religious group had exited into the street, some making purchases nearby. However, around 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks a year ago at a parking lot on the Band Road, Ferozepur Road, Bedian Road, and The Mall Road.

Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack and asked the authorities concerned to provide the best available medical treatment to the injured. He also directed to intensify search, sweep, combing and intelligence operations as well as beefing up security at sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worship and markets.

Similarly, Maryam Nawaz in a tweet prayed to Allah Almighty to protect the fearless police force members.

The blast took place when the police were changing guards at a checkpoint outside an annual religious congregation, where almost 80,000 people were in attendance.

This is the first explosion targeting the provincial capital in 2018.

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