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At least 3 dead, several injured in Raiwind blast

At least three persons, including two policemen, lost their lives as a result of an explosion which occurred in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore, DawnNewsTV reported.

Deputy Inspector General Dr Haider Ashraf said five policemen and three civilians have also been injured in the explosion, which occurred near a police check post located on Raiwind Road leading towards the ground where ijtima (congregation) of Tableeghi Jamaat is held.

The senior police official said initial reports suggest that a motorcycle was used in the explosion, however, the exact nature of blast still remains unknown.

While talking to DawnNewsTV, Dr Ashraf said it seems that police check post was the target of the blast.

Rescue 1122 teams shifted the injured policemen and civilians to nearby hospitals, where an emergency had been imposed.

Security has been tightened following the attack and all exit and entry points to the vicinity have been secured, said the official.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif was quick to condemn the blast. He “sought a report from Inspector General Police” and directed the authorities to provide “best possible medical facilities and treatment to the injured persons”, read a statement issued by the provincial government.

This is a breaking story that is being developed as more information becomes available. Initial reports in the media are sometimes inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

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