Pakistan: Two killed in blast near Hafiz Saeed's house in Lahore
Lahore, June 23, 2021
At least two persons were killed and 17 others injured in a powerful blast that occurred near the house of terrorist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore's Johar Town area on Wednesday.
Saeed is wanted in India for the Mumbai terror attack and other terror cases. He is the founder of banned terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa and currently lodged in jail.
The house was cordoned with barbed wire and security personnel were deployed to guard it.
Top sources said that one of the policemen deployed for the security of the house was killed in the blast. The second person who died in the blast was a passer-by.
Lahore's Chief City Police Officer Ghulam Mehmood Dogar told media persons that a probe has started into the incident and a team from the bomb disposal squad is on the spot.
He also stated that the bomb disposal squad would share the details about the nature of explosion later.
Glass windows of nearby houses and buildings were shattered in the impact of the blast.
The injured were rushed to Lahore's Jinnah Hospital in private cars and auto-rickshaws.
The sound of the blast was so loud that it was heard in faraway areas.
Local police have cordoned off the area for further probe into the matter.
Punjab chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has sought a report from the Inspector-General of Police about the blast.
The Government of Punjab said that the chief minister has ordered an immediate investigation of the incident.
Last year, Saeed was sentenced to 15 and a half years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in a terror financing case. He has had already been convicted for 21 years imprisonment in four other terror financing cases.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the US has placed a $ 10 million bounty, was arrested on July 17 last year in connection with the terror financing cases.