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Bomb blast in Lahore kills five, injures 30

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    Pakistani police officers and rescue workers examine the site of a bomb blast at a food street in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

    At least five people were killed and 30 injured including women and children when a blast took place in a crowded food street at Old Anarkali area in the city.

    Police said a good number of families were present at the Food Street when a time device exploded on Saturday night.

    According to police, the dead include five-year-old girl Sadia.

    Two persons died on the spot while the remaining three succumbed to their injuries at Mayo Hospital early on Sunday.

    The police said a time-device was planted outside Bokhara restaurant and the blast damaged several food outlets in the street besides vehicles parked at nearby the road.

    Rescue 1122 emergency service, police and other civic agencies reached the spot and shifted the injured that include women and children, to Mayo Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Services Hospital.

    A total 46 injured mostly women have been shifted to the hospitals.

    The authorities declared emergency at the major city hospitals.

    Police and The Rescue 1122 officials have confirmed five deaths.

    The condition of four injured was stated to be critical.

    A large number of families dine at the food street every weekend.

    “I was dinning with my seven-year-old son and wife when we heard a big bang. My son fell unconscious. Thank God he is alright,â€￾ Khalid Shiekh said.

    Another eyewitness Ali Raza said he and his friends were waiting their order to be served when the blast occurred.

    “Some children were lying injured and we rushed to take them to hospital,â€￾ he said.

    Lahore’s food outlets which were in the open were closed soon after the blast.

    Lahore Police chief Chaudhry Shafiq said a home-made explosive device was used.

    It was planted near a deep freezer.

    “The bomb was detonated using a timer device,â€￾ he said, adding no group had claimed the responsibility.

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    Pakistan bomb kills three in Lahore restaurant district

    At least three people were killed and dozens more injured when a bomb went off in a busy food street in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, officials say.

    Local media said the explosion happened as people sat eating at restaurants in the Anarkali area on Saturday night.

    Around 40 people were believed to have been wounded, with some in a critical condition. Children were reportedly among the casualties.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    "The blast site is just few metres away and the blast was so loud that I was stunned for a while," shopkeeper Naseed Ahmed told Reuters.

    "There was chaos everywhere."

    Police official Zulfiqar Hameed said the bomb was connected to a deep freezer in one of the restaurants, according to the news agency.

    Eyewitnesses reported seeing windowpanes smashed and furniture from the food stalls destroyed.

    Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, has been relatively free of violence in recent months despite a spate of bombings elsewhere in the country.

    BBC News - Pakistan bomb kills three in Lahore restaurant district
     
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