26 die in Lahore vegetable market blast

At least 26 people were killed and dozens injured in a suicide attack Monday in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials said.

Earlier, SP Imran Awan confirmed that more than nine bodies were shifted to the hospital.

Leaders of various political parties in Pakistan took to micro-blogging site Twitter to condemn the bomb blast in Lahore on Monday that killed 25 people and injured as many as 49.

Officials have started investigation into the matter.

The Pakistan Taliban, also called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the bombing, calling it a suicide attack. Similarly on February 13, 2017, an explosion near the Punjab Assembly killed at least 13 people and wounded 83 others.

In a statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and "directed for extending best possible medical treatment for the injured".

The attacker, a member of a group allied to the Pakistani Taliban, drove a motorbike into crowds before detonating an explosive device.

A spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, however, said the cause of the explosion was not known and authorities were still trying to establish the reason.

According to reports, Arfa Karim Towers were evacuated immediately after the blast.

Numerous wounded are policemen, with several bystanders also injured in the blast. "The condition of several injures is stated to be critical" Shahnaz said.

Punjab Government spokesperson told media that emergency is being announced in nearby hospitals.

The Chief Minister was in meeting at his Model Town office when the blast took place.

Lahore has been the target of terrorist attacks in recent months.

  • Kyle Peterson