Lahore (August 8, 2017): At least one person was killed and 45 others were injured in a truck bomb that ripped through Lahore’s Bund Road area on late Monday.
According to rescue officials, one dead body has been pulled out the rubble of the damaged building, which was destroyed after the blast that injured other 45 people, most of them were passer-bys, who have been immediately shifted to the nearby hospital, he added. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the blast and directed to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
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The nature of the explosion could not be immediately ascertained but initial reports suggest that it occurred after a truck crashed into a transformer on Out Fall Road in Islampura area.
The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals where an emergency has been imposed. Due to a power breakdown following the blast, hospital authorities are facing problems in carrying out emergency operations.
It is suspected that the truck was coming from Swat, sources informed. Police and other law enforcement personnel including forensic experts have reached the blast site, which has been cordoned off by the LEAs.
According to initial report the blast was occurred after the truck clashed in a transformer as it caused the crater of six feet and shattered the windowpanes of nearby buildings. One of the building partially damaged.DIG operation Haider Asharaf said that rescue teams being faced difficulties in rescue activities, however most of the rescue work has been completed. “The police is investigating the reason behind the blast,” he said.
Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare Khawaja Salman Rafique and Food Minister Bilal Yasin visited the Mayo Hospital and inquired about health of the injured.