Lahore (March 15, 2018):The funeral prayers of the policemen, who were killed in a suicide attack near a religious congregation in Raiwind were offered on Thursday morning.
The prayers were attended by Governor Punjab Rafiq Rajwana, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, top military and civil authorities and the relatives of the slain policemen.
At least nine people including five policemen were killed and several others injured in a suicide blast occurred near a police check post of Tableeghi Markaz Raiwind, Lahore on Wednesday.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed that it was a suicide attack which targeted a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima (congregation) of Tableeghi Jamaat is held.
The senior police official said initial reports suggest that a motorcycle was used to carry out the suicide attack, adding that investigation is being carried out to identify and locate the accomplices of the alleged suicide attacker. The explosion took place close to a police check post, near the vehicle of a deputy superintendent of police.
DIG Ashraf said body parts of the suicide bomber were recovered from the explosion site and sent to the forensic lab for further examination.
Two Sub-Inspectors and three constables are among the dead, he said.Reportedly, nine policemen are among the wounded. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Operations Wing Dr Haider Ashraf said that police were the target of the terror attack.
An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a Station House Officer (SHO) are among the nine police wounded in the extremist attack.
Police reported that a search operation was launched in the area after it was closed for all kinds of traffic.
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The police and other law enforcement agencies have reached the crime scene, while rescue teams have also started relief work.
The injured have been shifted to Tehsil Headquarter Hospital, Lahore.
According to police sources, the explosion appeared to be a targeted attack on law enforcement personnel.
CM Punjab Reaction
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was quick to condemn the blast. He “sought a report from Inspector General Police” and directed the authorities to provide “best possible medical facilities and treatment to the injured persons”, read a statement issued by the provincial government.