Large bomb explodes at protest rally in Lahore

2017-02-13 16:03
Pakistani volunteers transport an injured blast victim (AFP).

Pakistani volunteers transport an injured blast victim (AFP).

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Lahore - Pakistani police say a large bomb has struck a protest rally in the eastern city of Lahore.

Local police official Ali Raza says Monday's blast occurred when a man on a motorcycle rammed into the crowd of hundreds of pharmacists, who were protesting new amendments to a law governing drug sales. A Taliban faction claimed the attack.

The police say it is not yet clear how many people may have been killed or wounded in the bombing.

Live TV registered a loud bang and showed smoke billowing up as people ran away, some of them carrying the wounded.

AFP reports that at least 10 people were killed in the powerful blast which ripped through the protest in Lahore, hospital and rescue officials confirmed on Monday.

"At least 60 others are injured," a hospital source in Lahore told AFP, after the explosion which detonated as hundreds demonstrated outside the Punjab provincial assembly.

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