Jul 07

Lahore: Blast at Old Anarkali food street leaves 3 dead, 34 injured

Blast in LahoreLAHORE: At least three persons including a six year old girl were killed and scores more were injured when a bomb ripped through a packed restaurant in Old Anarkali area here on Saturday night,

Police said a timed device was used to detonate the bomb planted outside a restaurant in Old Anarkali’s food street.

“Around 5-6 kilogramme explosive was used in the bomb hidden under the one of the dining tables or some other part of the restaurant, however no crater was formed after the blast”, said a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) official.

The restaurant, which was full of happy diners relishing their favourite savories, turned into a mess of torn furniture with food all over the place in the wake of the blast.

According to sources, at least 37 injured were rushed to Mayo Hospital from the blast site, but three of them could not survive.

Hospital sources say at least ten of the injured are critical.

An emergency has been declared in the Mayo Hospital, which is one of the biggest healthcare facilities in Lahore.

Some of the injured were also shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Services Hospital but figures are not available as yet.

Old Anarkali is one of the most populous as well as most frequented areas of Lahore, which is famous for its variety of eateries being the oldest food street of the city.

Rescue teams and law enforcement officials have reached the blast site.

A number of neighbouring shops and vehicles parked outside the unfortunate restaurant were also damaged in the blast.
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Jan 10

Swat blast in Tableeghi Markaz 22 killed, 47 injured

SWAT: At least 22 people were killed and 47 injured in a blast in the Mingora city of Swat district on Thursday, confirmed officials at Saidu Sharif Hospital.sawat blast

The explosion took place at the main Tableeghi Markaz (preaching centre) located on the Takht Band Road.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson and police termed the blast as a gas cylinder explosion.

According to eyewitnesses, people were getting ready for their preaching session when a gas cylinder in the kitchen of the Markaz exploded. Additional eyewitness say it may have been a suicide blast.

“After the explosion, people started running frantically while some ran to the spot of the explosion to rush the injured to the hospital,” a person told The Express Tribune.

Rahman Ali, a medical practitioner in Saidu Group of Hospitals, said that more than 50 injured people were brought to the hospital where 10 critically injured succumbed to their injuries.

Jul 13

ANP leader among 6 killed in Quetta blast

QUETTA: Six people including an Awami National Party (ANP) leader were killed while ten others were injured when a blast occurred at Kuchlak Bazaar of Quetta Friday morning, Geo News reported.ANP leader among 6 killed in Quetta blast

According to police, a blast occurred at Kuchlak Bazaar near the venue of an ANP rally and was followed by intense firing that killed four people including an ANP leader Malik Qasim and an eight-year-old boy.

Ten people including ANP’s provincial president Aurangzaib Kasi and his wife were also injured in the blast.

Security forces cordoned off the area while rescue teams shifted the injured and bodies to Civil Hospital and CMH, Quetta.

Two vehicles were also damaged in the explosion while seven kilograms of explosives were used in the blast that were fitted in a bicycle, bomb disposal squad said.

Several political parties condemned the blast and demanded immediate action against the perpetrators.