Johar Town blast: Three killed, several injured in Lahore

LAHORE, June 23 (APP): At least three people were killed and several others injured in a blast in Lahore’s Johar Town area , the chief police officer said on Wednesday.

It could not be immediately ascertained whether it was an explosive or due to gas leakage, as the police, bomb disposal squad teams, and rescue rushed to the area.

CCPO Lahore Ghulam Ahmed Dogar said the investigation was underway and the experts were looking into the matter. He confirmed that 14 people were injured, of which one was in serious condition.

The police said eight injured were shifted to the Jinnah Hospital, while six were provided first aid on the spot.

DIG Investigation Shariq Jamal told news channels that the investigation was underway and evidence was being collected in this regard.

Footage made from mobile phones and shared on social media showed dust, smoke and debris spread in a residential area. Boundary walls of nearby houses had collapsed and window panes shattered.

SSP Investigation Mansoor Rehman said forensic and bomb disposal investigations were being conducted to ascertain the facts.

Eyewitnesses and news camera footage showed that a number of vehicles and motorbikes in the area were damaged. The front of several houses was badly damaged. Police cordoned off the entire area and started an investigation.