Multiple cylinder explosions vibrated Lahore’s Barkat market on Tuesday. As per rescue workers at the spot, the gas cylinders blasted one after another making it difficult for rescue operators to get close to the explosion site. People present at the spot told Pakistani news agencies that “so far 10 cylinders have blasted,” reported ANI.
At least one individual sustained burn injuries in the explosion, and around 12 automobiles parked nearby have been ruined, reported ANI. Stores sited nearby have been shut after some were reportedly devastated by the blast. Police and local management have quarantined the surrounding area and attempts are currently ongoing to hose down the ensuing flames.
This comes days after a powerful blast near the house of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack organizer and chief of the banned organisation Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed in Lahore on June 23.
The explosion which happened in Johar town murdered three people and harmed 24 including a police constable. Saeed’s house was intact by the explosion but some many other houses and shops falling within a 100 square feet radius of the explosion site were devastated.
A car mechanic was seized for modifying the interiors of a car that was reportedly used in the explosion. The arrested person was detained and moved to an undisclosed location on June 26, reported ANI. Police stated around 30 kilograms of explosives were used in the blast, and placed in a car stolen from Gujranwala and parked near the residence of Hafiz Saeed in Board of Revenue Housing Society, Johar Town.
Punjab province chief minister Usman Buzdar and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani spoke to reporters at a joint press meeting that “anti-Pakistan intelligence agency” was liable fora the explosion.