LAHORE: An explosion in metropolitan’s Outfall Road has left 24 wounded on Monday while rescue officials and the police are yet to confirm the nature of the blast.
Reportedly, a marriage hall on Blue Road among nearby buildings bore damages out of the blast and building of a college was partially damaged.
Rescue 1122 has shifted the injured to Mian Munshi Hospital whereas police have cordoned off the area. Initial reports suggested that the explosion resulted off a high-voltage electricity cables mishap. However, there also are reports of explosives planted in a parked truck that went off.
Sources on ground have reported that a minor girl trapped under debris following the blast was recovered and is unharmed. According to the locals, a truck exploded that was parked there for at least three days and was loaded with fruits.
Locals have alleged that police were informed of the suspicious vehicle but no action was taken. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing of Punjab Police Haider Ashraf said that investigations have been launched and details would be shared with media once confirmed.
Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) collected evidence at the site and handed over the command of the scene to Rangers. Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif has instructed police authorities to file a report of the incident.
Nawaz Sharif s forthcoming Lahore visit
The explosion took place a day before former premier Nawaz Sharif is to arrive in Lahore via GT Road on Wednesday in an apparent power show through PML-N cavalcade accompanying him.
Security arrangments are supposed to be tight as per the instructions to the authorities however, the explosion tonight has raised questions.
It should be noted that Lahore has been hit twice within around two weeks. Former premier was to travel to Lahore on Sunday but it was postponed until Wednesday allegedly over workers request.
The blast was reported today around two weeks after a terror attack near Lahore’s Arfa Karim Software Park claimed 26 lives and wounded over 50.