7 killed, over 20 injured in Pakistan's Lahore blast

At least one person was killed and 20 others injured including several policemen on Wednesday evening in a blast in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, local media and police said.

Nature of the blast is not known yet. The blast occurred near a police check post, he said, adding that police was the target. Police say they were investigating.

Rescue teams rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Jinnah and General Hospitals.

The bombing took place at a time when the police were finalising security arrangements for the PSL matches in Lahore. However, the impact and sound of the blast suggest it was a terrorist attack.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organization of various militant groups in the country, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack and asked the authorities concerned to provide the best available medical treatment to the injured. He also directed to intensify search, sweep, combing and intelligence operations as well as beefing up security at sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worship and markets. This is first attack of its kind in Lahore in year 2018.

In July past year, 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and 58 others were injured in a suicide hit on Ferozepur Road.

Washington on Thursday offered a $5 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban militant leader, Mullah Fazlullah, a day after a suspected USA drone strike on a training camp in a remote part of Afghanistan killed his son and more than 20 other militants preparing to launch suicide attacks in Pakistan.

On February 13, over two dozen people including two senior police officers were killed in a suicide blast on Mall Road.

Vanessa Coleman