LAHORE: At least 13 people were killed and as many as 40 others injured when a suicide bomber exploded himself at Chairing Cross outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore during a protest on Monday.
SSP Zahid Gondal of Punjab Police and DIG Traffic Lahore Capt (retd) Ahmad Mobin were killed in the attack on the spot; DIG Traffic had been seen on television mediating with protesters who had gathered at the site.
Mobin was negotiating with protesters to end the strike and clear the area on the occasion before the Punjab Provincial Assembly. A large group of chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers had been protesting in front of the assembly when a nearby vehicle exploded. There was a significant presence of law enforcers in the area due to the protest.
Rescue services, including ambulances and fire tenders reached the spot of the incident and the injured were shifted to Mayo Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital. Heavy contingents of Pakistan Army and Rangers have also reached the site and emergency declared in all hospitals of Lahore.
Security forces cordoned off the area with tents, and the inner cordon was taken over by Pak Army personnel.
However, after the incident all over the country security beefed up particularly in Capital city Islamabad.
Over 13 killed including two senior police officers in Lahore suicide bomb blast