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At least 21 injured in Lahore explosion

At least 21 injured in Lahore explosion

At least 46 people have been injured in an explosion that occurred in a truck at a parking stand on Outfall Road in Lahore on Monday evening, news agency ANI reported.

"The explosive material was planted inside a truck which was loaded with fruit", said Abdullah Khan Sumbal, a high-ranking government official, on Monday.

Lahore has witnessed several terror attacks in recent months and the Monday's attack comes week after a bombing claimed by the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 26 people and injured dozens at a vegetable market in the provincial capital's Ferozepur area.

Some officials said they feared that the explosives-laden truck might have been arranged to target the caravan of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif who was earlier scheduled to arrive in the city on Sunday from Islamabad. "A minor girl is stated to be critical", he said.

He maintained that police is investigating and nothing can be said about the nature of the explosion.

According to the police authorities, the initial investigation suggested that the truck was carrying crates of apricot being transported from Swat to the city.

DIG Haider Ashraf confirmed that it was a bomb blast and said that the blast has created a huge crater at the blast site. A number of bikes and cars were also damaged due to its intensity.

On July 24, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police team near residence-cum-office of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here, killing 27 people, including policemen.

Similarly, a suicide blast on February 13 had ripped through a camp of protesting chemists in front of the Punjab Assembly, leaving 13 people dead and 70 others wounded.

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