Explosion hits near major Sufi shrine in Lahore

4 killed in bomb blast outside Sufi shrine Data Durbar in Pakistan’s Lahore, several injured

The blast may have been "a suicide attack" on a security vehicle, added police official Muhammad Kashif. Punjab Inspector General Police Arif Nawaz told reporters that it was a suicide attack and 7kg of explosives were used in the blast.

Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement condemning the attack and asking the provincial government to help the victims. More updates are awaited.

Initial reports state a vehicle of the Punjab Police' Elite Force was the target of the blast.

Rescue teams have responded to the explosion and the injured have been taken to a nearby hospital.

The bomb exploded near security forces guarding the shrine.

Sufi worshippers, who follow a mystical strain of Islam, have frequently been the target of bloody attacks in Pakistan by militant groups.

King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor Professor Khalid Gondal said the death toll has risen to nine (including a suspected attacker), while the condition of four of the injured is critical.

Balotelli defends Messi and Ronaldo after UCL exits
The two remaining semifinalists are set to play in Amsterdam on Wednesday, with Ajax holding a 1-0 aggregate lead in the tie. I was really angry at the manager that he put me on the bench but I had to do something to help the team when I came on.

Government admits United Kingdom must take part in European elections
So far, there has been no agreement and few held out any hope of a breakthrough. The Prime Minister is facing calls to step down.

Donald Trump greets Muslims on Ramadan
It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran as one of the ways of strengthening their faith in Allah.

Police set up checkpoints on main roads leading to the shrine and hospitals were placed on alert, officials said. He further said that the police department had raw intelligence regarding potential security threat however the exact location was unknown.

However, officials warned that the attack highlighted the need for vigilance by people gathering for worship during Ramadan. The suicide bomber was aged around 15-16 years.

In 2010, dozens died in two suicide blasts at the Data Darbar shrine.

Five policemen also lost their lives in the attack.

The shrine is located inside the ancient Walled City in Lahore, Pakistan's second-biggest city.

Data Darbar, located in Pakistan's Lahore city, is one of the oldest Sufi shrines in South Asia.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google's Android Auto Refreshed With Dark Mode And Enhanced Navigation Bar
May 09, 2019 - 00:41
Google also announced ways it's encouraging Android developers to use Kotlin , the fast-growing programming language. Your phone can become the ultimate dashboard screen with Google Assistant's upcoming "driving mode".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top "Star Wars": Three untitled new films announced following "The Rise of Skywalker"
May 09, 2019 - 00:35
What all of these films have in common is that they were well on their way to being made at the time that Disney acquired Fox. Avatar 2 will arrive on December 17, 2021, as opposed to its initial December 18, 2020 release date.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump defends "tax shelter" practice after report that his businesses lost millions
May 09, 2019 - 00:31
New reports of Mr rump's low tax bills are fueling House Democrats' anger at not being able to view his more recent tax returns. Mr Trump broke with more than 40 years of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns before the 2016 election.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bucks look for 3-1 series lead at Boston
May 09, 2019 - 00:31
This has been perhaps the most confusing Boston Celtics season of my lifetime and just like that, it's on it's way to ending. The Celtics reserves finished with just 23 points between the two games.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran to Respond to West’s Breach of Nuclear Deal Commitments by Wednesday
May 09, 2019 - 00:25
Iran said the action was being taken because the European Union and others "did not have the power to resist U.S. pressure". Currently, the accord limits Iran to enriching uranium to 3.67 per cent, which can fuel a commercial nuclear power plant.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v FC Barcelona
May 08, 2019 - 02:13
"Celebrating the goal last week, people know the importance of scoring in a Champions League semi-final", Suarez added. Hard to argue with this quote after watching that performance from Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and the fans at Anfield.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Brexit: EU elections will go ahead, government confirms
May 08, 2019 - 02:13
He said Labour would only agree to some Brexit bargain which contained a customs union with the EU to prevent barriers to trade. The government wants a looser relationship with the bloc that would let Britain strike new trade deals around the world.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin denies request for Trump’s tax returns
May 08, 2019 - 02:09
Military Academy at West Point football team in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Washington. A Committee spokeswoman did not respond to Newsweek's questions Monday about what - if any - legal action that meant.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fallen Man United face huge rebuild after Champions League failure
May 08, 2019 - 02:01
Solskjaer said of having to play in the Europa League: "It's probably the right place for us". "We are not in the Champions League but I think that is a true reflection".

Google's Redesigned Android Auto Is Coming to Your Car This Summer
May 08, 2019 - 01:59
Coupled with that improved on-device machine learning is Live Caption , a new feature targeted at deaf and hard of hearing users. Google says users will also be able to configure it to turn on at dusk and also turn on when battery saver mode is activated.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sandra Bland’s own cellphone video of 2015 traffic stop surfaces
May 08, 2019 - 01:47
The end of the video from Bland's point of view shows her filming the ground and her feet, before she abruptly stops recording. In that video, Bland was stopped by Encinia for a failure to signal near the campus of Prairie View A&M University .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google I/O 2019 rumours: What to expect from biggest annual developer conference
May 08, 2019 - 01:41
Naturally, Google saved the best for last when it introduced a line of new Pixel phones created to be far more budget-friendly. In a new development, we have some news about one of the most critical aspect of any Pixel phone out there - the rear camera .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Joe Biden says Theresa May has expressed concern over US-UK relations
May 08, 2019 - 01:40
If the debate were to be held tomorrow, only Biden , Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren and Sen. Biden said the US under Trump "is about to squander alliances" built over generations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pixel 3a XL alleged to start at INR 44,999 (~$649)
May 07, 2019 - 01:14
Then there's Google Lens , which turns the camera of Android phones into a powerful computer vision tool. The Pixel 3A and the Pixel 3A XL are supposed to be the accessible models of the Google Pixel lineup.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Klopp Liverpool's dramatic win 'a battle of will' in race to title
May 07, 2019 - 01:14
The hopes of Liverpool coming away from this season with a trophy are thinning by the day as games run out and injuries accrue. Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has been tipped as a potential replacement for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United .