13 killed in Lahore chehlum procession blast

LAHORE: A suicide bomber killed at least thirteen people and injured another 52 at the busiest point of provincial metropolis, Lohari Gate adjoining Urdu Bazaar and Karbala Gamey Shah, when a procession of Chelum Imam Hussain (RA) was scheduled to pass away from the point.

The suicide bomber carrying a handbag of huge explosive material made way to the entrance point to the procession before exploding himself killing at least seven people including four security personnel, who were deployed to secure the procession.

SP Security Rana Faisal talking to the media said that the blast was suicide and occurred at a checking point. He stated that the suicide attacker a teenager of aged between 12 to 14 years old wanted to enter in the procession way and blew himself after being intercepted by the police personnel. The blast-point was at least 500 yards away where procession was scheduled to pass

Emergency has been declared in Mayo and Ganga Ram Hospital and injured were shifted to the aforementioned hospitals. On the other side, security forces cordoned off the areas and also claimed of arresting a suspicious person from the site.

DCO Lahore, Ahad Cheema while talking to the media said that most of the causalities were that of policemen adding that their personnel are alert on the deployed points and this incident would not divert their attention. He further said that they are trying to end procession soon.

MS Mayo Hospital, Zahid Pervez said that they received some thirteen dead bodies and 52 injured in the hospital. He stated that one woman was also among the deceased. He further said that they opened all the six operation theaters and patients are being operated upon.

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