2 killed, 16 injured in blast near Lahore residence of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed

2 killed, 16 injured in blast near Lahore residence of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed

Two persons were killed and 16 more injured when an explosion occurred a brief distance from Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed’s range in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, consistent with media reports.

The blast went off at a house located about 120 metres from Saeed’s residence in Johar Town, TV news channels reported citing police officials. Lahore captain Ghulam Mehmood Dogar told reporters two of the injured died in Jinnah Hospital.

Saeed has for long had a residence in Johar Town. However, he's currently in jail in Lahore after he was arrested and convicted last year during a string of cases associated with his involvement in terror financing.

Dogar also told reporters the incident seemed to be a “bomb blast” but investigations were underway to work out the precise nature of the explosion.

Lahore’s deputy commissioner Mudassir Riaz Malik told reporters the blast had created a crater. “We will only be ready to determine the cause after completing an investigation,” he said.

Women, children and a police official were among the injured and a few of them were during a critical condition, consistent with the media reports.

Images and pictures beamed on TV channels showed the facade of the building and a number of other vehicles suffered extensive damage within the blast. Several nearby houses were also damaged. Police and bomb disposal teams reached the location soon after the incident.

An eyewitness told Geo News channel that an unidentified man parked a motorbike near the house and it later exploded.

Punjab province chief minister Usman Buzdar sought a report on the incident from the provincial captain .

Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also sought a report on the incident from Punjab’s Chief Secretary and captain . He said during a tweet that federal agencies were assisting the Punjab government within the investigation.

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