According to reports, a bomb has exploded outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore in the midst of a large protest in the area.
A big group of chemists and pharmaceutical manufacturers were protesting in front of the Assembly, when a nearby vehicle exploded.
There are reports of several injured; rescue services, including ambulances and fire tenders have arrived at the spot.
Bomb blast in Lahore
14 Feb 2017
14 killed in Lahore Assembly blasts
A suicide bomb attack outside of Lahore Assembly killed 14 people including senior police officers and injured 73.
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a terrorist group linked with the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to the Chief of the Counter Terrorism Department, the bomber was on foot.
On the other hand, eyewitnesses claim that the attacker was on a motorbike when he detonated his explosives.
Warning issued by NACTA
On 7th February, a warning was issued by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) that "an unidentified terrorist group has planned a terrorist attack in Lahore."
Constant vigilance and heightened security measures were proposed.
The notification addressed Punjab's home secretary and senior police officials to be wary of danger around all vital institutions, including important buildings, hospitals and schools.
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Nawaz Sharif on the attack
Condemning the terror act, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, "We will continue to fight against the terrorists amongst us, and we will continue to fight it until we liberate our people of this cancer, and avenge those who have laid down their lives for us."
15 Feb 2017
Shehbaz Sharif target of suicide bombing: Pak Minister
Earlier, Sanaullah had said that the police personnel were the target of the suicide bombing.
CM Shehbaz Sharif's meeting, scheduled at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, was cancelled after the blast.
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