45 killed in powerful blast at Wagah border in Pakistan

At least 45 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and 70 others injured in an apparent suicide attack in Pakistan near the Indo-Pak border at Wagah on Sunday. At least 37 people have been killed while nearly 70 people have also reportedly been injured in the explosion, Dawn reported.

45 killed in powerful blast at Wagah border in Pakistan

The explosion occurred in the parking area of the Wagah border between India and Pakistan, as the flag lowering-ceremony ended. Punjab police said that explosion may be the result of a suicide attack. Journalists have been instructed to clear the area, which the Rangers have cordoned off. TV footage showed shops and nearby buildings destroyed at the site of the blast. Security and rescue personnel have rushed to the site of the blast while the injured have been taken to hospital.

Emergency has been declared at all hospitals in Lahore. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for a report on the incident. Wagah is the only road border crossing between Amritsar and the Pakistani city of Lahore.

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  1. LAHORE(PTI): Nearly 50 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and 70 others injured in a powerful suicide blast in Pakistan at Wagah today, minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at the Indo-Pak border.

    The powerful explosion occurred in the parking area of the Wagah border between India and Pakistan, as the flag lowering-ceremony ended this evening.

    48 people have been killed while nearly 70 others have been injured in the explosion and it is feared that the death toll could rise, a Pakistani TV channel reported.

    Huge crowds gather every day at the crossing to watch a “lowering of the flags” ceremony, which soldiers from both countries have conducted for decades.

    Earlier reports had said it could be a cylinder blast. Inspector General, Punjab Police, Mushtaq Sukhera said, the suicide attacker approached the gate as the crowd was vacating the parade area where the flag ceremony is held,

    Pakistani Rangers have cordoned off the blast site. TV footage showed shops and nearby buildings destroyed at the site of the blast. Security and rescue personnel have rushed to the spot while the injured have been taken to hospital.

    Emergency has been declared at all hospitals in Lahore. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for a report on the incident.

    Wagah is the only road border crossing between Amritsar and the Pakistani city of Lahore.