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Three killed, 27 injured in Pak blast

A bomb went off at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, killing three persons and injuring 27 more.



Lahore: A bomb went off at a Sufi shrine in the old quarters of this eastern Pakistani city on Friday, killing
three persons and injuring 27 more, an official spokesman said.

A large number of people had gathered at the `langar` or
community kitchen of the Baba Haider Saeen shrine near the
historic Lahore Fort when the explosion occurred at its
entrance late tonight.

The explosive device was planted near the shrine,
state-run Rescue 1122 service spokesman Fahim Jehanzeb said.

"Two persons were killed and 27 others were injured, five
of them seriously," he said.

The injured, including a policeman, were taken to Mayo
Hospital.

A bomb disposal squad swept the spot and collected
evidence.

Initial reports said a low-intensity bomb was used in the
attack but police officials later told the media that the
timed device contained about 1.5 kg of explosives and was
packed with ball bearings and nails.

Muhammad Hasan, a bus conductor, said, "I was standing
outside my vehicle a few meters away from the shrine when I
heard the blast".

He said when he recovered his senses; he rushed to the
spot and saw some injured persons.

The blast blew out windows at the shrine and caused panic
among the people.

The shrine is usually visited by a large number of people
on Thursday nights.

Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a
search operation.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, who considers
shrines to be "un-Islamic", have targeted such places of
worship across the country, including the famous Data Darbar
in Lahore.

PTI

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