At least seven people, including four policemen, were killed and over 20 others injured Wednesday evening as a blast hit a police check post in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, the provincial health minister said.
The blast occurred at a police checkpoint established to guard the Tableeghi Jamat headquarters in Raiwand, located in the outskirts of Lahore city, according to local Dunya News.
He said the "police personnel" were the target of the blast.
Nature of the blast is not known yet.
DIG Ashraf said body parts of the suicide bomber were recovered from the explosion site and sent to the forensic lab for further examination. Police say they were investigating. However, the impact and sound of the blast suggest it was a terrorist attack.
The main country's Taliban group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was a suicide attack.
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The Punjab IGP reached the scene and declared a security high alert in the province.
The IG directed all officers to ensure implementation of all security SOPs [standard operating procedures] released.
A Pakistani rescue worker gives medical treatment to injured blast victims in an ambulance following a motorcycle bomb attack in Lahore on March 14, 2018.
This is the first incident of such nature in Lahore this year, however, nearly 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in 2017.
In July previous year, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road. At least 9 people including security officials were killed and a dozen wounded in the incident. However, around 60 people lost their lives in terrorist attacks previous year at a parking lot on the Band Road, Ferozepur Road, Bedian Road, and The Mall Road.