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Lahore shut down: Mass funeral prayer held for blast victims

A complete shutter down was observed in the city on Thursday to mourn the deaths of those killed in the triple blasts that ripped through Youm-e-Ali procession near Karbala Gamay Shah on Wednesday. While Congregational funeral was observed for those killed in the mourning procession.

The death toll has risen to 37.

On Wednesday, three suicide bombers targeted a Shia mourning procession near Karbala Gamay Shah, made up of thousands of people on Wednesday at the moment of the breaking of the fast in the holy month of Ramazan.
The blasts, two of which the police confirmed were suicide attacks, took place in a span of 20 minutes despite what appeared to be tight police security.

A holiday has been announced in Lahore while courts are also closed, DCO Lahore Sajjad Bhutta said.

Almost all parts of the city and particularly the area near Lower Mall wore a deserted look. The Traders Alliance and the Shia Action Committee have announced a three-day mourning.

Tight security arrangements were made for the mass funeral

Mass funeral prayers was held at Nasir Bagh for the eight people who got killed. It was attended by a large mass of people. The prayer was led by Agha Haider Ali Mausuvi. Intense security measures were taken

Commissioner Lahore Khusroo Pervaiz said that Rangers would remain deployed in Lahore till eid to evoke the sense of security among the people. He said they have found the head of the suicide bomber and the leaders of the banned organization will also be included in the investigation.

EDO Health Lahore, Dr Khalid Ranjha said that the 340 wounded people were taken to Ganga Ram Mayo Hospital and Civil Service Hospital, which were given first aid and sent home. 127 wounded are still under treatment in hospital. Many were shifted to the wards after some recovery. 77 people are still under treatment in Mayo Hospital, 32 in Ganga Ram, 4 in General Hospital whereas 14 in Service Hospital. According to the management in Mayo Hospital, 27 dead bodies have been identified.

The lower courts of the city remain closed, Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear emergency cases and will also remain closed after 11:00am

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced Rs.0.5 million compensation for the families of each of the victims, while Rs.75,000 rupees would be given to each of the injured.

“An inquiry has also been ordered to check whether it was a security lapse,” he said.



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