Lahore Blast death toll rises further

Lahore Blast death toll rises further

*LAHORE: *Death toll in the suicide attack in Lahore’s Raiwind area became 10 after another policeman succumbed to injuries on Thursday.

According to details, Constable Naeem was part of the police deployment at the annual congregation in Raiwind. He was injured in the suicide blast that *initially martyred nine persons <link>*, including five police personnel and four citizens.

Among the six policemen martyred, there are two sub-inspectors and four constables.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said that the attack was carried out against police personnel. The injured include Raiwind assistant superintendent of police (ASP), he said.

The DIG further said that a motorcycle was probably used by terrorists to target a police check-post 600 meters from the Raiwind Tableeghi congregation site. He added that dozens of vehicles were also damaged in the blast.

DIG Haider Ashraf further said that body parts of the suicide bomber were recovered from the explosion site and sent to the forensic lab for further examination. The senior police official stressed that if the suicide attacker had managed to enter the congregation site, the death toll could have been much higher.

Defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.