Eight killed and over twenty four people were wounded when a blast rocked the Data Darbar shrine in Pakistan’s Lahore. The Data Darbar is a prominent shrine of worship in Pakistan’s second largest city.
The blasts was triggered early Wednesday morning, and among the eight people that died, it included five policemen, the provincial police chief Arif Nawaz told media soon after the attacks.
“We are still investigating whether it was an IED (improvised explosive device) or a suicide attack,” Ashfaq Ahmed a senior police officer said. The policemen standing in front of the shrine were elite police officers added the Ahmed.
Pictures after the attacks showed badly damaged police vehicles and debris strewn in front of the shrine.
The provincial police chief Arif Nawaz said police were the target of the bombing, “Police were the target because the direction (the attacker) came from, he could have done a lot of damage (in the market), but he went straight to the vehicle.
The Data Darbar shrine is one Pakistan’s most well-known and venerated shrines, with thousands thronging to the final resting place of Sufi saint Abul Hassan Ali Hajveri every day. Since it’s the holy month of Ramadan, the visitors to the shrine increase.
The police denied receiving any specific specific threat targeting the shrine but there had been general threats of attacks. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
In 2010, the Data Darbar was struck with one of the deadliest suicide attacks killing at least 42 people and injuring hundreds.
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