Lahore blast: Bombing at gate of shrine in Pakistan city

4 killed in bomb blast outside Sufi shrine Data Durbar in Pakistan’s Lahore, several injured

A suicide bomber attacked security forces guarding a famous Sufi shrine in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 23 others, police said.

It is not clear if the shrine, established in the 11th century, was the intended target and what, if any, damage it had suffered. Five police officials died in the blast, along with a security guard and a resident. Punjab Inspector General Police Arif Nawaz told reporters that it was a suicide attack and 7kg of explosives were used in the blast. Khan deplored said those behind the incident in the holy month of Ramzan are "misguided elements".

Lahore police released the initial report of Data Darbar suicide bombing where the suspect has been identified through the CCTV footage.

"This attack was carried out at a time when there were no civilians near the police", a spokesman for the militant group, Abdul Aziz Yousafzai, said in a statement.

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Raja Basharat, a senior provincial minister in the Punjab Government, said police were still trying to determine the nature of attack, which might have been a suicide bombing. Data Darbar saw another blast in 2010 in which 42 people were killed in what was then described the biggest toll in a single attack in Pakistan.

The premier has commiserated with the bereaved families and directed authorities concerned to provide best possible medical treatment to those injured in the blast.

The shrine - located inside the walled city of Lahore, Pakistan's second-biggest city - is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year from both Sunni and Shia traditions of Islam.

Data Darbar, located in Pakistan's Lahore city, is one of the oldest Sufi shrines in South Asia.

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