Pakpattan: Blast at Baba Farid’s shrine; 7 killed

Pakpattan: A bomb blast occurred at the shrine of Hazrat Baba Farid Gunj Shakar at Pakpattan, which killed at least 7 people, including 2 women, and injured over 20 others.

According to the eye witnesses, after the Fajar prayers two persons parked their motorbike next to the Sharqi (eastern) Gate of the shrine, and right after ten minutes a huge blast took place.

The explosive material is said to be planted on the motorbike. The sound of explosion was heard across the city, while ten shops located next to the shrine were also completely destroyed.

According to security officials, the blast took place at 6:05 am. Soon after the blast, people managed to shift the injured persons to District Headquarter Hospital where most of them were stated to be in critical condition. Emergency has been declared in DHQ Hospital.

Initial police reports suggest that the terrorists, who allegedly planted the explosive material to a motorbike, were aged between 35-40 and looked like Punjabis, wearing shalwar kameez, chaddars and white joggers.

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