At Least 26 Dead, Including 9 Police as Deadly Blast Rocks Lahore

At Least 26 Dead, Including 9 Police as Deadly Blast Rocks Lahore

An explosion has killed at least 25 people and wounded 52 others in Pakistan's eastern city, officials said.

Monday's blast wrought carnage near the Arfa Software Technology Park on Ferozepur Road in Lahore, targeting police officials who were deployed to clear street vendors from the area, a police official said.

"There was a police picket that was targeted. We are collecting evidence, and it could be a suicide attack ... right now, we can confirm 12 people have been killed, including policemen and civilians." Haider Ashraf, a senior police official, said while speaking to media at the scene.

At least nine policemen were killed in the attack, Ashraf confirmed to the local media. 

The Islamic nation of Pakistan is a constant hotbed of terror and the nation itself is a sponsor of terrorism and terror groups. 

Police officials who were assisting in a drive to clear unauthorized construction and temporary vendors from the roadside appeared to be the target of the attack, said Rana Sanaullah, the provincial law minister.

A spokesman for the Punjab provincial government said authorities were trying to establish the cause of the explosion.

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