Blast in Lahore Defence area market leaves seven dead
Feb 32, Lahore: At least seven people were killed and 17 wounded in a bomb blast at a market in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, according to the government officials.
Thursday's blast follows a string of attacks across the country.
Officials said that the bombing ripped through a building that was under construction at a commercial market in the affluent Defence area, replete with upmarket boutiques and cafes as well as an academy for the international hair salon Toni & Guy.
Television footage showed a smouldering building and several crumpled cars with their windows blown out.
Rescue official Rizwan Naseer told reporters: "Rescue operations have been completed, and all the wounded and killed have been taken to hospital.
"We suspect there may be one or two more bodies trapped under the rubble, which we are still investigating ... we will move forward while taking the stability of the building into account."
According to police, 20kg of explosives were planted at the market. Reports of a second blast in the Gulberg area were later retracted by government officials, who said that a tyre blowout caused the loud sound.
Since mid-February, various armed groups have killed at least 130 people across the country and wounded hundreds more.
Last week, a suicide attack targeting police at a protest rally in central Lahore killed at least 13 people and wounded several others.
The Oslo Times International New Network