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2 bodies found from Lahore blast site

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Two bodies were found today from the site where an explosive device went off last night, injuring at least 35 people, in Pakistan's province capital Lahore, officials said.

The roof of a three-storey building caved in when the powerful occurred inside a truck laden with fruits on the Out Fall Road - the route former prime minister is to take on his return to his hometown for the first time since the Panama Papers scandal verdict on July 28.

"We have found two bodies of two men while removing the debris," Rescue II22 spokesperson Deeba Shahnaz said.

She said the men, in their 40s, were present in the school building when it collapsed because of the impact of the blast. "The rescue officials recovered the bodies after several hours of removing the debris," she told reporters.

Most of the injured has been discharged after the first aid.

According to police, the initial investigation suggested that the truck was carrying crates of apricot being transported from Swat to the city.

The truck had been at the stand for the last three days. A huge cache of explosives was stored in the truck. The shattered the windows of nearby buildings. A number of bikes and cars were also damaged due to its intensity.

Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, has witnessed several terror attacks in recent months.

On July 24, a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police team near residence-cum-office of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here, killing 27 people, including policemen.

In April, six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore's Bedian Road.

In February, a suicide bomber killed 14 people, including senior police officers, near the Assembly here.

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First Published: Tue, August 08 2017. 19:13 IST