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The incident took place late on Monday evening after a truck vehicle packed with explosives went off. The explosion has led to the development of a huge crater in the blast site. Meanwhile police have cordoned off the entire area.

"Due the impact of the blast, I fell on the ground".

"At least 34 people were injured, a lot of them are passersby", he added. The powerful blast damaged, partially or heavily, more than 100 vehicles including cars, mini-trucks and motorcycles parked at the stand. According to locals, the police failed to detect the explosive-laden truck for three days despite several so-called search and combing operations in the locality.

Deputy Inspector General Dr Haider Ashraf said the attackers might have been intending to transport the explosives to other areas of the city.

The injured were taken to Services and Mian Munshi hospitals from where 12 of them were discharged after first aid.

Hospital sources further said that 10 of the injured are under treatment while two have been referred to Mayo hospital for further treatment.

On July 24, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police team near residence-cum-office of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here, killing 27 people, including policemen. Incidentally, Nawaz Sharif's cancelled Sunday rally was scheduled to pass through the route where the truck was parked, leading some to conclude that the former Prime Minister might have been the intended target.

According to the spokesman, a Sheikhupura CTD team intercepted some six to seven terrorists of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan coming to Lahore from Sheikhupura to launch attack on police personnel deployed on duty.


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