7 killed, 30 injured in blast

Car bomb explosion kills 24, injures 95 in Parachinar City

LAHORE, Feb 23 (APP): At least seven persons were killed
and 30 others suffered injuries in a blast inside an under construction plaza at Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Z Block commercial market, here on Thursday.
Talking to APP, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said the nature of the blast was being investigated, adding it could be either the generator blast or some other reason as the building was under construction.
He said that they were investigating the matter from all aspects, adding that he could not rule out possibility of any terrorist activity but the evidences collected from the site did not indicate any terrorist act.
He said that it was a powerful explosion due to which the
windowpanes of a restaurant, nearby buildings and parked vehicles were shattered, while cars and motorcycles parked outside the plaza were also damaged.
The rescue teams reached the spot and shifted the injured
to General Hospital and National Hospital Defence.
The people who were killed in the blast have been
identified as Javed, Imran Ikram, Moazzam Hayat, Aslam, Shabbir, Habib while the identity of the seventh blast victim could not be ascertained.
Those shifted to the General Hospital and National
Hospital included Zeeshan, Aqib, Waseem, Tahir Abbas, Faisal, Adeel, Afzal, Ahmad Butt, Muhammad Mansha, Nasir, Riaz, Muhammad Hafeez, Sunny Khokhar, Asif, Muhammad Jamil, Arslan, Taseer Pervaiz, Waqar Qureshi and others.
The teams of Rescue 1122 and Edhi Foundation  completed the rescue and relief operation, whereas the law enforcement agencies collected evidences from the scene to probe the incident and nature of the blast.
However, the DIG Operations said that security had been
beefed up more in the provincial capital after the blast. He said more policemen had also been deputed at all entry and exit points, educational institutes, important buildings and other places.
The DIG also urged people to inform police if they found
any suspicious activity and person in their surroundings.
Dr Haider Ashraf said search operations were being conducted across the city whereas personnel were also conducting patrolling at all important thoroughfares to avoid any untoward incident.
PML N Lahore president MNA Pervaiz Malik, Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Khwaja Salman Rafique, Provincial Minister for Primary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir, Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Sunbal, Lord Mayor Lahore Col. (retd) Mubashir Javaid and other government officials visited the hospitals to inquire after the injured of blast.