Traces of explosives, detonators found at Lahore truck blast site

Pakistan       by Hamza Rao | Published

The blast was reported today around two weeks after a terror attack near Lahore's Arfa Karim Software Park claimed 26 lives and wounded over 50.

According to the local security officials, preliminary reports indicate that explosives were placed among the apricot crates which went off in the area, apparently prematurely and before the militants manage to detonate it in the area of their target.

The blast which reportedly occurred in a truck full of fruit was heard across Lahore shattering glasses of buildings around Band Road.

The injured have been moved to a nearby hospital, 12 of whom were released following a basic first aid, however, four people are said to be critical.

Azim Hanif, an eyewitness, said he was going to the parking stand in the area when a powerful blast took place.

Police also said that chemicals and detonators were recovered from the blast site.

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Authorities have yet to ascertain the exact route of the truck from Swat to Lahore.

Officials added Sharif was initially scheduled to travel from Islamabad to Lahore via the famous Grand Trunk Road on Sunday, but the rally was postponed to Wednesday.

Lahore, a city of around six million, is Pakistan's cultural hub and the capital of its most powerful province, Punjab.

A three-storey building in the area is believed to have collapsed because of the intensity of the explosion.

Similarly, a suicide blast on February 13 had ripped through a camp of protesting chemists in front of the Punjab Assembly, leaving 13 people dead and 70 others wounded.