Blast hits Lahore Defence area market

Blast hits Lahore Defence area market


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.”