Seven dead and 40 injured after bomb attack in Pakistan

Lahore's traffic police chief Ahmad Mobin and a senior superintendent of police were among the dead, media reported.

The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Rescue workers rushed to the scene", Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Lahore, said.

Sources told that Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah advised the CM to reach the venue with delay after clearly inspecting the situation.

Blood-soaked caps, shoes, pieces of clothes and human flesh were strewn across the tree-lined site of the blast.

The blast occurred during protest of chemists. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a Pakistani Taliban-linked armed group, claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 11 so far and wounded at least 30 people, including media personnel covering the protest.

Police and contingent from Pakistan army and paramilitary troops have cordoned off the area for investigation.

Security has been hightened in other parts of the country, reports said. Another eight people were wounded, he said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a statement, has condemned the attack and directed authorities to ensure the injured are accorded the best medical treatment.

The same group had also claimed responsibility for bombing in Lahore on Easter Day a year ago which killed more than 70 people in a public park. "We stand with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorists and remain committed to the security of the South Asia region, " State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, which appeared to come from a parked vehicle.

  • Leroy Wright