Blast in Lahore Claims at Least 10 Lives


Time: 4:42 p.m. CEST

At least 10 people died and 69 other are wounded in the Punjab Assembly in Lahore, when a suicide bomber exploded on Monday, Pakistani Dawn.com reports. The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took responsibility for the attack in retaliation of military operation. Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Chief Dr. Mohammad Iqbal said the attacker was on foot, as Dawn.com says.

The attack targeted owners of medical shops, protesting amendments to law for drug sales in Punjab province, BBC.com adds. A senior police officer died in the attack. He was reportedly negotiating with protesters, about 400 chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers. As Dawn.com says, they reportedly protested “a government crackdown against the sale of illegal drugs.”

On February 7, the National Counterterrorism Authority warned of a possible terrorist attack in Lahore. In March 2016, at least 69 people, including children died when explosion happened at Lahore’s public park, crowded with families, some celebrating Easter.

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