At least three people were killed and 16 injured in a major blast in Pakistan’s Lahore on Wednesday.
According to a report by India Today, the blast reportedly occurred near the Lahore residence of Hafiz Saeed, co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD).
At least 16 other people were injured in the bombing which Inspector General Punjab Police Inam Ghani said was a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), Pakistan media reported.
According to Tribune newspaper, the provincial police had received 65 threat alerts.
Ghani also did not rule out the possibility of foreign involvement in the explosion.
Lahore Deputy Commissioner Mudassir Riaz Malik confirmed to Tribune the number of injured and said women and children are among the casualties.
The bomb explosion damaged vehicles parked near the spot and windowpanes of nearby buildings were shattered. The blast was heard over a large area.
“Our investigators and officials from bomb disposal squad are working to find out any clue to what exactly happened,” city police chief Ghulam Mahmood Dogar told reporters.
Some of the injured were shifted to nearby medical facilities while others were given first aid at the incident site. A large contingent of law enforcers cordoned off the blast site.