A powerful explosion has claimed the lives of at least 25 people and wounded nearly 40 others in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.
Pakistan’s English-language Dawn newspaper said at least 25 people were killed and 39 others injured in the explosion on Monday.
Haider Ashraf, deputy inspector general of Punjab police, said the explosion was caused by a bomber, adding that “police were the target.”
The blast took place near the Lahore Technology Park in the center of the city, a police officer said.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said most of the casualties were police officers and some bystanders.
The bombing was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militant group, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, in a message sent to the media by its spokesman Muhammad Khurassani.
In a statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and “directed for extending best possible medical treatment for the injured.”