A suspected suicide bombing near a police checkpoint killed five police and four bystanders and wounded 27 others. This happened on Wednesday, March 14 near the city of Lahore in eastern Pakistan.
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According to Haider Ashraf, Lahore police chief:
The evidence collected from the scene suggested it was a suicide attack. Investigators and explosives experts were working to find the bomb planting near the checkpoint. He said he believes the police were targeted.
The checkpoint is located near a religious group’s main congregation place in Raiwind near Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.
Evidence at the scene suspected the use of the motorcycle. The blast took place after evening prayers. Most members of the religious group exited into the street, some were making purchases nearby. Majority of wounded were police and three were hospitalized in critical condition. Other wounded members including Islamic preaching group known as Tablighi Jamaat.
The country’s main Taliban group Tehrik-e-Taliban of Pakistan claimed responsibility for the bombing. According to them, it was a suicide attack. Lahore and its surroundings have seen many bombs and suicide attacks in recent years, killing millions.
List of attacks in Pakistan
A suicide attack took place near a software technology park last year in Lahore. It killed 26 people and wounded over 50.
Three months earlier, a suicide bombing targeted a Pakistani government census team. Thereby killing at least six people in the eastern city of Lahore.
In February, 18 people were killed, including several police officials, and more than 80 wounded in a suicide attack. It happened during a protest on a busy intersection of Lahore.
On Easter Sunday in 2016, at least 75 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded in a suicide bombing. It hit the main entrance to a park. Volunteers rushed a wounded police officer to a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan.
The blast hit a convoy carrying Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the deputy chairman of Pakistan’s upper house. The blast happened when Mr. Haideri was on his way back to Quetta after presenting graduation certificates to students of the religious school in Mastung. He had sustained minor injuries.
Most of those injured or killed were party workers. Mr. Haideri is a representative of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) party. It is a Sunni Islamist party involving part of the ruling coalition. Mr. Haideri’s driver was among the dead.
An attack was carried out in Balochistan in November 2016 on a remote Sufi shrine, killing more than 50 people. Three months later, more than 80 people died in a suicide attack on a Sufi shrine in Sindh province.
Balochistan is Pakistan’s poorest and least developed province. Separatist militants have been fighting the government there for decades. Many attacks have been attributed to Sunni Muslim extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvim.