LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – A powerful bomb exploded in a crowded bazaar in Pakistan’s second-largest city Lahore on Thursday, killing at least two people and injuring 26 others, police and rescue workers said.
Abid Khan, a senior police official, said the dead and wounded had been transported to a nearby hospital, where some were listed in critical condition. officers are still trying to determine what kind of device was used for the attack, he added.
The blast was so powerful that it damaged several shops near the eastern city’s famous Anarkali bazaar, witnesses said. TV footage showed burning motorcycles in a crowded bazaar while the wounded cried for help.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it happens a few days after the Pakistani Taliban shot dead three police officers in separate attacks in the capital Islamabad as well as the northwestern region bordering Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Taliban, which has been brave since the Afghan Taliban seized power across the border into Afghanistan, warned this week that they could carry out more attacks in the near future.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing in a statement, urging local authorities to provide the best possible medical facilities for those injured in the blast.
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