Blast rocks Lahore DHA market, kills 10

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Blast rocks Lahore DHA market, kills 10

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A loud explosion was heard in Lahore Defence Housing Authority (DHA) phase 3 commercial area on Thursday, killing at least 10 locals.

The explosion was initially reported to be a generator blast or that caused by gas leakage, while Punjab Law Minister insisted that it might have been a chemical blast.

Explosion occurred in Z-Block Market of DHA Phase 3.

A heavy contingent of police, bomb disposal squad, forensic and rescue teams and ambulances reached the scene and took part in relief operation. 30 locals were injured in the blast and were shifted to nearby hospitals where emergency was imposed.

The blast is suspected to be caused by a 10-kg improvised-explosive device (IED) planted in an under-construction building in a restaurant named Bombay Chowpatty and also affected neighbouring buildings.

Police cordoned off the area and arrested two suspects. Lahore Capital City Police Office, Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Inspector General (Operations) also reached the site of blast. Counter-Terrorism Department teams collected evidences from the site. 

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered for a detail investigation report from Punjab Inspector General.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack.

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