Security officials gather near the site of an explosion, near vehicles taking part in census, in Lahore on April 5. (Representative image) Photograph: (Reuters)
Police suspect that the explosion, which took place near the Arfa Karim IT Tower in Lahore, is a suicide attack, Pakistan daily Dawn reported
At least 26 people were killed and 30 injured in a powerful suicide attack near the residence-cum-office of Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore.
Lahore police chief Capt (R) Amin Wains confirmed that the explosion was a suicide attack and said it was targeted at the police. The chief minister, who is also the brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was at a meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.
"Police and Lahore Development Authority officials were busy in removing encroachments outside the Arfa Karim Tower, located near the CM's Model Town residence, when a powerful blast took place," Rescue 1122 Deeba Shahnaz told PTI.
"The condition of several injuries is stated to be critical," she further said.
The Geo News also reported citing police sources that a suicide attacker targeted police personnel deployed at the site.
The area has been cordoned off by a heavy contingent of security forces and the section of the road has been sealed.
In April, six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore's Bedian Road.