Blast in Pakistani city of Lahore kills at least six

Earlier today, at least six persons including four army officials were martyred while 15 sustained severe injuries in a suicide blast on Lahore's Bedian Road.

Initial reports said that the explosion struck a vehicle carrying a staff of an ongoing census in the country on the northern outskirts of Lahore.

An investigation has been launched into the incident as army and police officials cordoned off the area to look for more suspected militants.

The injured have been shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and General Hospital.

The security sources have confirmed that the blast at Bedian Road of Lahore, which was earlier being considered a cylinder blast was a suicide attack.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters that the census team was the target of the blast.

According to Reuters, the blast targeted an army vehicle, which was part of the census team, now working across the country.

On February 23, a blast in an upscale area in Lahore killed eight people and injured 30 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Teams of enumerators backed by the military and security forces are carrying out Pakistan's first census in nearly two decades, an enormous and highly charged task that could redraw the country's political map one year before national parliamentary elections.

  • Leroy Wright