Blast kills 25, injures dozens in Pakistan

An explosion claimed by the Pakistani Taliban killed at least 25 people and injured dozens in a busy vegetable market in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, officials said. The powerful explosion hit a bustling main road in the south of Lahore and blew out windows in nearby buildings.
“A bomber of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) used a motorcycle bomb to kill dozens of policemen,” TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in a statement emailed to local media.
Initial investigations suggested it might be a suicide bomb attack. “Apparently, according to our initial findings, he was a suicide bomber, who used a motorcycle,” deputy chief of police operations branch, Haider Ashraf told reporters.
The city’s commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbul said the blast targeted police. Lahore police spokesman Syed Hammad Shah put the toll at 25 dead with 40 injured.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a press conference after the blast that most of the casualties were police officers.