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Sufi shrine bombing kills 10 in Pakistan's Lahore

Sufi shrine bombing kills 10 in Pakistan's Lahore

Bomb explosion targeting Pakistani police outside a major Sufi shrine in the city of Lahore on Wednesday killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said.

The incident was said to occur a day after the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, went off at a police checkpoint near the Data Darbar, one of the largest Muslim shrines in South Asia, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year.

According to router police was the main target We are collecting forensic evidence to ascertain the nature of the blast,” said Ashfaq Khan, deputy inspector general of police operations in Lahore.

A police spokesman said the death toll rose to 10, eight of them police, after a police officer died of his wounds, with at least 23 wounded.

Hizbul Ahrar clams to be responsible for the attack. “This attack was carried out at a time when there were no civilians near the police,” said Abdul Aziz Yousafzai, a spokesman for the militant group.

Sufi shrine bombing kills 10 in Pakistan's Lahore

Hizbul Ahrar

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is a terroristorganization that split away from Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in August 2014. The group came to prominence after it claimed responsibility for the 2014 Wagah border suicide attack. In October 2017, there were unconfirmed reports that Omar Khalid, the leader of the JuA, had died from injuries sustained in a US drone strike in Paktia Province, Afghanistan.

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