LAHORE:(APS)April 5, 2017- Six people including four soldiers of the Pakistan Army lost their lives in a suicide blast targeting a census team in Lahore’s Bedian Road area on Wednesday, a Punjab government official said.
The provincial government said 19 others were wounded in the explosion.
“This was a suicide blast, however the amount of explosives used has yet to be determined,” Punjab government spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan told a private tv channel.
He said out of the six people slain in the blast, two were civilians who were part of a census team.
“It can safely be assumed that this census team and the security personnel with it were the target of the suicide bomber all along,” Awan said.
An unnamed police official said the explosion was caused when a suicide bomber blew himself up near an army vehicle. However, initial reports claimed it was a cylinder blast.
The explosion led to a fire that engulfed the cars parked nearby. Security forces have cordoned off the area and started a search operation.
The injured have been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and General Hospital. Three of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.
An emergency has been declared in the hospitals of Lahore.
Bedian road, on most days, is a bustling route, used by many to commute to areas adjacent to DHA’s Phase 5.
Brimming with fruit vendors and push-carts, Bedian Road is largely surrounded by farmland and farmhouses. The kind of shops and services available on Bedian Road are hard to find within the premises of the upscale DHA area.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his condolences on the loss of lives in the blast.
The premier paid tribute to the army personnel “who were targeted while performing their duties during the national census”.
He directed the authorities concerned to extend all requisite assistance to the provincial government.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif “strongly condemned” the incident and directed authorities to submit a report regarding the blast.