LAHORE: An explosion occurred in a house in Lahore’s Johar Town area, leaving 12 people injured, Geo News reported Wednesday, citing rescue officials.
According to the report, rescue, police, and bomb disposal teams have reached the site of the incident, while witnesses said that the glass windows of nearby houses and buildings have been shattered. One of the buildings has been severely damaged and some vehicles parked at the site of the blast have also been affected.
Rescue officials said 12 people have sustained injuries and have been shifted to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital via private cars and auto-rickshaws.
The Jinnah Hospital management has asked people to come forward and donate blood for the injured, adding that treatment is being provided to the wounded. The injured included one police official, a woman, and two children. Owing to the burns, the condition of all the injured is critical, hospital officials said.
The sound of the blast was so loud that it was heard in faraway areas. However, the nature of the blast has not been ascertained yet. An eyewitness told Geo News that an unidentified individual parked a motorcycle near the house which later exploded.
Police have cordoned off the area for further investigation while traffic has been redirected.
CM Buzdar seeks details from IG police
Following the incident, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has asked the Inspector-General of Police to submit a detailed report of the blast to him.
Taking to Twitter, the Government of Punjab announced that the CM has ordered an immediate investigation of the incident.
An emergency has been declared in Jinnah Hospital to treat the injured, while Rescue 1122 and other relief organisation have been asked to expedite rescue activities.
وزیراعلی پنجاب کا جوہر ٹاون میں دھماکے کے واقعہ پر IG پولیس سے رپورٹ طلب
واقعہ کی فوری تحقیقات کا حکم
جناح ہسپتال اور دیگر ہسپتالوں میں ایمرجنسی نافذ
ریسکیو 1122 اور امدادی سرگرمیوں سے متعلقہ اداروں کو امدادی سرگرمیوں تیز کرنے کی ہدایت
— Government of Punjab (@GovtofPunjabPK) June 23, 2021