Lahore: Eight martyred including five policemen in blast outside Data Darbar

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Lahore (Web Desk) Eight people including five policemen were martyred when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside Data Darbar on Wednesday.

IG Punjab Police said 25 people were injured in the incident in which an Elite Force vehicle was targeted. 

DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmed Khan said four people were in critical condition.

Police have said they are still investigating the nature of the blast, which occurred near the entrance gate for female visitors to the Data Darbar shrine, AFP reported.

The shrine has been targeted previously, in a 2010 suicide attack that killed more than 40 people, and is guarded by heavy security.

At least four dead bodies were brought to Mayo Hospital – where an emergency has been imposed.

DIG Operations Lahore, Ashfaq Ahmed Khan told media that Elite Commandos deployed for  the security of the shrine were targeted in the blast.

He said nature of the blast was yet to be known. “We will inform the media once we are able to confirm  whether it was an IED,  suicide or any other explosion,” he said.

They feared  death toll could rise as some injured were in critical condition. 

Forensic teams were dispatched to the area to collect evidence. 

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