LAHORE: Senior police officers were among 13 people killed today when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up targeting them during a protest rally outside Pakistan’s Punjab assembly here that also wounded more than 71 others.
Inspector General Police Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera said that 13 people, including six security men, were killed in the suicide blast which had targetted police officials.
He said the suspected suicide bomber reached the police officials by foot and blew himself up.
Lahore Traffic Police chief Capt (R) Ahmed Mobeen and Senior Superintendent Police Zahid Gondal were among the dead.
Lahore police chief Amin Wains confirmed the death of Mobeen. He, however, did not confirm about other casualties.
Deputy Commissioner Lahore said that at least 73 people had been injured in the blast.
Punjab Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique said the condition of some 11 injured was critical.
The Jamat-ul-Ahrar faction of the outlawed Tehreek-i- Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. (AGENCIES)