6 killed in suicide bombing near Lahore police hqrs

6 killed in suicide bombing near Lahore police hqrs

The blast was so powerful that it broke the windowpanes of nearby buildings. A number of vehicles parked were also badly damaged.

At least six people, including two policemen, were killed today when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the police headquarters here, an attack claimed by a Taliban faction as revenge for execution of its members by Pakistan government.

 

"A suicide bomber today blew himself up near the police lines at Qila Gujjar Singh. Six persons have been killed and eight wounded," Lahore police chief Amin Wains told reporters.

 

"The suicide bomber wanted to enter the police headquarters but failing to do so he blew himself up near it," Wains said.

 

The bomber could not enter the police headquarters due to elaborate security arrangements, he said.

 

The blast was so powerful that it broke the windowpanes of nearby buildings. A number of vehicles parked were also badly damaged.

 

A couple of cars also caught fire.

 

Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

"We want to make it clear to the rulers that we will take revenge for the blood of innocent Muslims — our operations will continue till Islamic system is imposed," Jamat-ul-Ahrar Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

 

The bombing is dedicated to all the "martyrs who were dragged out of prison and killed or hanged," he said.

 

The rescuers and other civic agencies shifted the injured to Mayo and Sir Ganga Ram hospitals. Among the injured are two young police women and a 10-year-old boy.

 

"The police women had just left the police headquarters when the blast took place. The condition of the five injured including two police women is stated to be critical," senior police officer Haider Ashraf said.

 

Earlier reports said eight people were killed in the attack but later the toll was scaled down to six, two policemen and four civilians. The police headquarters houses over 5,000 police officers.