Blast outside Sufi shrine in Pakistan, 8 dead

At least eight people — five policemen and three civilians — were killed and 25 others injured in what officials described as a suicide bombing targeting an Elite Force van detailed to the security of the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore on Wednesday.

According to initial police reports, the explosion, near Gate no. 2 of Data Darbar, was targeted at a police vehicle. The nature of the explosion has not been ascertained yet.

SP (City) Syed Ghazanfar Shah said that eight of those injured in the blast were critical. The wounded have been shifted to the Mayo Hospital, Dawn News reported.

The area was cordoned off and a heavy contingent of the police has been deployed there.