At least seven killed and many wounded as powerful blast rips through market in city’s affluent Defence area.
government officials said.
Thursday’s blast follows a string of attacks across the country.
The bombing ripped through a building that was under construction at a commercial market in the affluent Defence area, replete with upmarket boutiques and cafes as well as an academy for the international hair salon Toni & Guy.
st at a market in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore,
“It was a bomb attack,” Nayab Haider, a spokesman for the provincial Punjab police said. “It was a planted explosive device. We do not yet know if it was a timed device or remote detonated.”
No group has immediately claimed the attack.
Television footage showed a smouldering building and several crumpled cars with their windows blown out.
“My God, my God, I saw so many bodies,” Imtiaz Ali, a barber in the Toni & Guy salon, told the news agency. When I came out I first just saw smoke and dust … Bikes upturned. Cars destroyed. My own colleague’s car windows blown out. My clients’ cars blown out. I was close to fainting.”