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Lahore blast: 10 killed, 20 injured

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, FEB 23: View of venue after a powerful bomb explosion in an under- construction building while Law Enforcement personnel cordon off the site for collecting  evidence, located on Defence Z Block area of Lahore on Thursday, February 23, 2017. At least  eight people were killed and 21 others injured after a blast ripped through an under-construction  building in Lahore’s Defence Z Block area, a day after Pakistan Army announced launching a  countrywide crackdown against terrorism, Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. (Babar Shah/PPI Images).

LAHORE:(APS)Feb 23,2017-A powerful explosion in an under-construction building in Lahore’s busy Defence Y Block Market left 10 people dead and more than 20 injured on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports regarding the nature of the blast. Punjab government authorities initially claimed that the blast was the result of a “generator explosion”, but multiple sources, including Nayab Haider, a spokesman for Punjab police, later said the explosion was caused by a bomb.

A spokesperson for the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) corroborated the claim, saying that the blast “seems to have been made [sic] by some explosives”.

“It will become clear later whether it was IED timer [a timed improvised explosive device] or [a] remote-controlled device [and] whether the restaurant itself was [the] target or the explosive went off in transit,” the spokesperson said.

“Since building has collapsed, true picture will emerge later on,” the spokesperson added. “Info will be shared with media as early as possible.”

Edhi sources confirmed that 10 people had died, with two bodies later recovered from the rubble.

The area where the first blast occurred is a busy locality with several commercial offices and eateries. Footage shows nearby offices including HBL, Toni and Guy, Gloria Jeans, Bombay Chowpatty, Jalalsons among others.

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