According to the reports of hospital and administrative authorities, a suicide blast on Sunday near Prade Ground, Wagah border has killed 45 people including 11 women and three Rangers personnel.
Dead bodies and injured were shifted to nearby government health facility, Gharki Hospital.
Medical Superintendent (MS) of the Hospital said that 35 bodies and 70 injured were brought to the hospital.
Reports claim that another 20 people were shifted to the Services Hospital Lahore and 15 were transferred to the Shalimar Hospital located in Punjab’s capital city.
The dead include eight people of a family.
Footage shows shops and nearby buildings destroyed at the site of the blast. Security and rescue personnel rushed to the site of the blast.
Journalists have been instructed to clear the area, which the Rangers have cordoned off for security reasons. Forensic teams are currently present at the site and are collecting evidence as part of the investigation.
Punjab police chief Inspector General Mushtaq Sukhera told AP that the bomb exploded outside a restaurant near a paramilitary soldiers’ checkpoint at Wagah border on the outskirts of Lahore city. He also added that the explosion could have been the result of a suicide blast.
Lahore police chief Amin Wains confirmed it was a suicide attack. “People were returning after watching the parade at Wagah border when the blast took place. Ball bearings were found at the scene,” he said.
Nearly 70 people have also reportedly been injured in the explosion.
Many Pakistani News channels are reporting that the attack has been claimed by outlawed militant group Jundullah, but this could not independently be verified by PakistanTribe.com.
Punjab Rangers chief Khan Tahir Javed said that suicide bomber was trying to penetrate into parade venue at the border crossing. Khan said that after failing to reach the parade venue, suicide bomber blew himself up at a hotel, killing at least 48 people.
To a question, he said that blast occurred 500 yard from the parade venue.