July 2017 Lahore suicide bombing

July 2017 Lahore suicide bombing
Part of War in North-West Pakistan
Ferozepur Road, Lahore is located in Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore (Lahore)
Ferozepur Road, Lahore is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore (Punjab, Pakistan)
Ferozepur Road, Lahore is located in Pakistan
Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore
Ferozepur Road, Lahore (Pakistan)
LocationFerozepur Road, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Date24 July 2017
15:55:34 (PST)
TargetPolice officials
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths26 (+1 bomber)
Non-fatal injuries
54
VictimsPolicemen and civilians
PerpetratorsTehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (claimed responsibility)[1]
No. of participants
1

On 24 July 2017, a suicide bombing took place in a vegetable market in Lahore, Pakistan. 26 people were killed and 58 others were wounded as a result of the explosion. Security officials believe that the attack targeted policemen, as there were 9 killed and 6 wounded.[2][3] Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.[1]

Bombing

At around 15:55 (PST),[4] a motorbike bomb struck an old vegetable market in the neighbourhood of Kot Lakhpat.[5] The market was full of police at the time because officers had been sent to clear stalls that had illegally spilled into the road.[6] According to DIG Operations Haider Ashraf, the blast was a suicide attack and "police were the target."[7] Two vehicles, including one motorcycle, have reportedly been damaged.[8]

Hussain, one of the injured policemen told The Express Tribune:[9]

We were standing under a tree when I spotted an auto rickshaw coming from the wrong side. I rushed to warn the driver fearing he might get hurt as heavy machinery was tearing down encroachment in the area. As soon as I walked towards the rickshaw, a loud explosion went off tossing me on the ground. I tried to get up but stooped over due to excruciating pain in my back. I looked around and found bodies lying everywhere and blood splattered.