40 killed, 175 injured in 3 suicide blast at Data Durbar

At least thirty five people died and more than hundred sustained injuries when three blasts occurred in Data Darbar Lahore on Thursday night.

According to details, three suicide bombers blew themselves in three different places including gate number 5 of the shrine, courtyard of the adjacent mosque of the Durbar. The blasts claimed more than 35 lives while more than hundred persons were injured in the blasts, who were shifted to Meow Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital and other nearby hospitals.

According to police more than 2000 people were inside the shrine due to prayer ceremony of Thursday. The police cordon off the area and started rescue and search operation in the blast site.

Law enforcement agencies claimed that they found the remnants of suicide attackers from the site. Several neighboring buildings partially damaged in the blasts. Emergency has been imposed in all hospitals of the city and doctors were called on special duties.

The police sources said that the ages of suicide attackers were between 20 to 22 years. According to rescue sources, 50-70 injured have been shifted to Meow Hospital and 40 injured are stated to be in critical condition. These 20 people are admitted in ICU for immediate operations. A number of women and children are also among the injured.

All three blasts were occurred in the premises of Data Durbar and these blasts might be suicide ones. Rescue teams were reached the sport instantly and started relief activities. Emergency have been declared in the hospitals where the injured are being shifted. It was Friday night, so there was more rush in the Durbar. Security forces have cordoned off the area to avoid any other untoward incident.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, federal and provincial ministers have condemned the incident and expressed their grievance over the departed souls of the blasts.

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