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14 March 2018, 11:35 | Devin Moran
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A powerful blast on Wednesday night near the residence of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore killed at least seven persons, including three policemen.
A year ago in February, a suicide attack on Mall Road of Lahore claimed as many as 14 lives including a celebrated police officer, weeks ahead of the final match of PSL that was played in Qaddafi Stadium.
Deputy Inspector General of police Haider Ashraf said the bomb exploded when the police were changing guards at the checkpoint just outside an annual religious congregation, where almost 80,000 people were in attendance. He said he believes the police were targeted. The casualties include policemen. The nature of the blast is not immediately clear. Police say they were investigating.
According to rescue officials, a caller who informed them about the incident said it was a cylinder blast.
He said the Rescue ambulances have shifted the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating courageous police officials lay down their lives in line of duty.
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