Time: 12:20 p.m. CEST
Blast on Thursday takes nine lives and injured another 30 people when explosion ripped in the shopping area of Lahore. The explosion happens a day after the military announced start of a counter-terrorism operation and after recent bombings in Punjab, Sindh, Fata, Khuber Pakhtunwa and Balochistan.
Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said, “There was no reason to target the building. I have been informed that plaza was not inaugurated yet,” http://www.dawn.com publishes.
Multiple sources, including Nayab Haider, a spokesman for the provincial Punjab police said that bomb caused explosion. But, Punjab government authorities said “generated explosion” caused the blast at Lahore’s Defense Housing Authority suburb.
Later, police said, they believed it was a bomb. Last week a bomb attack in Lahore claimed by Taliban faction killed 13 people and injured more than 80.