LAHORE: At least nine people were martyred and more than 20 others injured in an apparent suicide attack close to a police check-post near Lahore, Samaa reported Wednesday.
The blast took place in the suburb of Raiwind near a mosque hosting a religious congregation. Raiwind serves as the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat and hosts the annual Raiwind Markaz Ijtema.
Police were deployed in the area to provide security to a congregation.
Five policemen and four civilians have been killed, according to DIG Operations Haider Ashraf, adding that the blast appears to be a suicide attack that targeted police.
The DIG said parts of the suspect bomber’s body have been recovered from the blast scene.
Rescue teams rushed to the scene and took the injured to Jinnah and General Hospitals.
Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman of a state-run rescue service, told reporters that his officials had taken seven dead bodies to hospitals.
No claim of responsibility was immediately made.