Blast in Lahore
The Lahore CCPO’s office and the Rescue 15 center were targeted–both show signs of severe destruction. The Rescue 15 building is located on Fatima Jinnah Road–formerly known as Queens Road. The Police have said that 25 people were inside the building when the blast occured.
As is the case in such scenarios, there are conflicting counts for those injured or killed in this incident. Geo TV’s website reports 10 killed and 83 injured. However, according to Edhi’s services, 30 people have been killed so far. According to the DCO Lahore, 23 people have died due to the blast.
TV news reports say 3 security personnel are among the dead. Watching Express 24/7, they say 120 to 130 people have been injured but that the numbers come from two main hospitals serving the victims right now, which includes Ganga Ram Hospital. The casualties are expected to rise.
Emergency crews are continuing to pull people out of the rubble–and aerial surveillance is also underway at the site. Markets in the surrounding areas have been closed down.
Those in Lahore have been requested to donate blood. Contact 042-756-8724 or 8725 to find out more about the donation process.
According to DCO Lahore Sajjad Bhutta, this was a suicide car bombing. 2 suspects have been arrested by the local police. Eyewitness reports also confirm the incident as a car bombing.
Earlier this morning, I turned on the TV–when the news came of this blast in Lahore. At the time, 150 people were reported injured–and children are trapped inside St. Anthony’s school near the Mall. Now it is reported the students have been sent home with their family members.
It is reported that 35 adjacent buildings have been damaged by the intensity of the blast. Also, that the explosion created a crater 20 feet deep at the site.
I also heard that the windows for Quaid-e-Azam library have been shattered. Friends on Facebook who work near the area also reported shattered windows, falling ceilings.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Razas Gilani have both condemned the attack.
We here at Lahore Metblogs will keep updating this–as more information comes in.
Do pray for those affected by this tragic incident.
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