Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
17 Feb, 2015 | 3:58 pm
At least seven people died on Tuesday (February 17) in a large explosion at a regional police headquarters in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.
According to a spokesperson, the explosion came from a car near the police building adding it was unclear if the attack involved a suicide bomber. Reuters, quoting a police officer, who wished to remain anonymous, puts the death toll at around 7. According to eye-witness accounts the blast was followed by rapid gunfire.
Pakistan has suffered two major militant attacks in the past month. Sixty people were killed in an attack on a Shi’ite mosque on January 30 in the southern province of Sindh, and another attack this month on a Shi’ite mosque in the city of Peshawar killed 20.
Militant groups said this was a response to the government’s lifting of a moratorium on the death penalty for those convicted of terrorist attacks.The moratorium was lifted after a Taliban attack on a school in the northern city of Peshawar killed 134 children and 19 adults.
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