LAHORE – Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Usman Buzdar has ordered inquiry into the blast that occurred near Data Darbar in Lahore today (Wednesday).
According to details, the CM has summoned high-level meeting to discuss the law and order situation in the city while he has also cancelled his Sargodha and Sheikhupura visits.
Earlier today, a suicide attack targeted a vehicle of police elite force in the immediate vicinity of Data Darbar in Lahore.
Rescue 1122 officials and police officers rushed to the spot along with a heavy convoy of police forces, and began operation and investigation, respectively.
The injured persons were shifted to nearby hospitals, where an emergency has been imposed, for their treatment. Some of the patients are said to be critical.
The explosion took place close to police vehicles near Gate 2 of Data Darbar. One of the vehicles was completely destroyed.
The shrine has been targeted previously, in a 2010 suicide attack that killed more than 40 people, and is guarded by heavy security.
An attack in Lahore in March last year left nine people dead, while a major blast targeting Christians celebrating Easter in a park in 2016 killed more than 70 people.