Eight killed, several injured in a blast near a major Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s Lahore

Eight including five police officials were killed and at least 25 others were left injured in an explosion outside Data Darbar, a major Sufi shrine in Pakistan on Wednesday.

The blast targeted a vehicle carrying the Elite Force of Punjab Police, officials said.

According to Geo News, Inspector-General Punjab Police Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan confirmed the attack targetted the police force, and said five police officials died in the blast. A security guard and civilians were also among the dead.

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No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the blast as yet, which comes as the country marks the holy fasting month of Ramzan.

The 11th-century Data Darbar is among the oldest shrines in South Asia and is visited by thousands every year.

The shrine was targeted in a suicide attack in the year 2010 in which there were many casualties.

Further details are awaited.

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