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At least 20 including policemen injured in explosion near Raiwand

At least 20 including policemen injured in explosion near Raiwand

A suicide bomb blast claimed by the Taliban ripped through a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 18, officials said.

The police camp has been set up for the security of the annual congregation of Tableeghi Jamaat. He said he believes the police were targeted.

Washington on Thursday offered a $5 million bounty for the Pakistani Taliban militant leader, Mulllah 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. However, rescuers say it was a cylinder blast. He said the Rescue ambulances are shifting the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals. However, the impact and sound of the blast suggest it was a terrorist attack.

No group has claimed the incident yet.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack and expressed his grief with families of injured and killed, stating fearless police officials lay down their lives in line of duty.

"It is not confirmed yet whether it was a suicide blast or planted device", he said, adding "police personnel" were the target of the blast.

The top officer also directed further tightening the process of checking and monitoring at the entry and exit routes of the metropolis.

"Seven persons have been killed in the blast. Circumstances show it was a suicide attack", Haider Ashraf, a senior police official in Lahore, told reporters.

In February a year ago, 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.