LAHORE, May 08 (APP):As many as eight persons including five policemen were killed, while 25 other persons injured in a blast near Data Darbar Gate number 2, here on Wednesday.

While talking to media, Inspector General Police Punjab Capt (R) Arif Nawaz Khan said that the incident was suicide attack and police van was targeted.

On information, the Rescue 1122 teams and police officials reached the spot and started rescue operation. The volunteers shifted the injured persons to Mayo Hospital.

DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmad Khan,Commissioner Lahore Division ,CCPO Lahore B A Nasir also visited the site and Mayo Hospital.

Provincial ministers Raja Basharat and Mian Muhammad Aslam strongly condemned the suicide attack outside Data Darbar.

Meanwhile, according to spokesperson Dr. Shahbaz Gill, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Khan Buzdar has ordered an inquiry of the suicide attack.