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8 killed in blast near Sharif's residence in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A powerful blast tonight near the residence of Pakistan's Sharif here killed at least eight persons, including four policemen, police said.

The blast took place close to a police check post, a few kilometers from the palatial residence of the and close to the congregation of the

At least eight persons, including four policemen, lost their lives and 20 others have been injured in the suicide blast which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore, said Health Minister

said the Rescue ambulances are shifting the injured to the Sharif medical complex and other nearby hospitals.

Deputy Dr said the condition of some policemen is critical.

Ashraf said the explosion occurred near a police camp in Raiwind.

"The police appear to be the target," he said.

It was such a powerful blast that its sound was heard several kilometers from the site. A fire ball was seen after the blast at

No militant group has claimed the responsibility of the blast so far.

Rangers quick response force has reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

Meanwhile, IG Captain (retd) Arif Khan has directed to declare a security high alert in the province.

He also directed to intensify operations of search, sweep, combing and intelligence, while increase security for sensitive installations, educational institutes, places of worships and markets.

One of the largest gathering of religious devotees is held in Raiwind every year and is currently underway.

Thousands of people from and across the country participate in the Raiwind Ijtema (congregation).

This is the first explosion targeting the provincial capital in 2018. experienced multiple terror attacks in 2017 that killed more than 60 people.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 23:50 IST