Blast at restaurant in Lahore’s Defence area kills at least seven
LAHORE: At least seven persons were killed and several injured when an explosion ripped through a restaurant in Lahore’s Defence area this morning, ARY News reported.
The explosion was so strong that it shattered windowpane of the vehicles parked outside while it also damaged windows of nearby buildings.
Police have cordoned off the area and they said they were investigation the incident. Majority of the injured have been taken to General Hospital. Rescue sources informed that eight of the injured persons were in critical condition.
Some reports quoted Law Minister Rana Sanaullah as saying that blast took place due to collapse of a nearby under-construction building.
Army personnel also arrived at the spot and assumed security of the crime spot.
The latest incident strikes right after a day when Pakistan Army launched a new counter-terror operation named ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad’ across the country.
The operation aims at indiscriminately eliminating residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders.
Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Civil Armed Forces (CAF) and other security / Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) will continue to actively participate / intimately support the efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country