Seven dead, over a dozen injured in explosion in Raiwind

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Deputy Inspector General of police Haider Ashraf said the bomb exploded when the police were changing guards at the checkpoint just outside an annual religious congregation in Raiwind, where almost 80,000 people were in attendance.

In February past year, 18 people were killed, including several police officials, and more than 80 wounded in a suicide attack during a protest on a busy intersection of Lahore.

The DIG said it was apparently a suicide blast, saying the body parts of the bomber have been recovered.

Police were deployed in the area to provide security to a congregation of the religious group.

Police said the blast took place after evening prayers and most members of the religious group had exited into the street, some making purchases nearby. He said he believes the police were targeted.

Pakistani rescue workers push a stretcher carrying an injured man to the hospital following the blast of a motorcycle bomb attack in Lahore on March 14, 2018. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast.

One killed, 20 injured as blast targets police in Raiwind
Politicians condemn Raiwind suicide blast

A spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Tehrik-i-Taliban had telephoned Reuters and claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack.

Meanwhile, IG Punjab Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan has directed to declare a security high alert in the province.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar had also claimed responsibility for an Easter Day bombing in Lahore past year that killed more than 70 people in a public park.

Ashraf said security personnel at the police post intercepted and tried to stop the attacker when he detonated his suicide vest.

In 2016, Lahore, 375km southeast of the capital Islamabad, suffered one of Pakistan's deadliest assaults when a suicide bomber in a park killed more than 70 people, including many children.

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