Blast in Lahore, 8 killed, several injured

Rescue teams have reached the spot of the incident and the injured people are now being shifted to the general hospital, according to Daily Pakistan news.

A spell of uncertainty and "disinformation" ensued following the reports of blast in Lahore's Y Block of Defence area took over the media.

"It was a bomb attack", Nayab Haider, a spokesman for the provincial Punjab police said."It was a planted explosive device". The TV channels claimed that the blast occurred outside a foreign food chain restaurant.

"We left the building and saw the motorbikes parked outside were on fire and all the windows in surrounding buildings were shattered". Schools in the area have been shut down for the day and a search operation is being conducted in the market.

However, with the recent terrorists attack claimed by the notorious Islamic State (IS), many are apprehensive all blast-related incidents are perpetrated by terrorists. Law minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah also denied the false news.

Residents were evacuated from buildings.

Pakistan has been hit by a string of bombings recently.

An second explosion in Lahore's Gulberg area came hours after a blast at another upscale market killed at least five people and wounded 21. On February 16, a suicide bomber killed 88 people at a famed Sufi shrine in Sindh province.

  • Leroy Wright