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Explosion kills 9 in northeast Pakistan

Taliban suicide attack near Nawaz Sharif’s residence kills 9 Taliban suicide attack near Nawaz Sharif’s residence kills 9
Sammy Stanley | 14 March, 2018, 23:37

A bomb has exploded near a police checkpoint killing three police officers and a bystander and wounding 20 others near the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistani police say. The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital and Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (THQ) in Raiwind.

The nature of the blast was not immediately clear.

Washington on Thursday offered a $5 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban militant leader, Mulllah Fazlullah, a day after a suspected USA drone strike on a training camp in a remote part of Afghanistan killed his son and more than 20 other militants preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan. He "sought a report from Inspector General Police" and directed the authorities to provide "best possible medical facilities and treatment to the injured persons", read a statement issued by the provincial government.

While briefing the media, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing, Dr Haider Ashraf said that police were target of the attack and two sub-inspectors and three constables embraced martyrdom among nine persons.

More than a dozen other people were wounded in the explosion, which took place close to a police post set up near the grounds where a religious congregation was taking place.

Ashraf said numerous wounded were police and three were hospitalized in critical condition.

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Bank of New York Mellon gave back 1.3 percent and Nvidia, a chipmaker, rose 2.5 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average skidded 157.13 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 25,178.61.

A suicide attack near a software technology park in Lahore killed 26 people and wounded over 50 in July previous year.

It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometers from the site.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing near Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's most populous Punjab.

Pakistan Rangers quick response force has reached the spot and cordoned off the area along with the police. This is first attack of its kind in Lahore in year 2018.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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