Blast kills at least 10 in Pakistani city of Lahore

An explosion near the Punjab provincial assembly in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens on Monday, a local emergency rescue service said, Reuters reports. 

The Rescue 1122 service in Lahore stated that 58 people were wounded when an explosion rocked a protest organized by Pakistan's chemist and pharmaceuticals manufacturers.

"Apparently it was a suicide blast but police are still investigating to know the exact nature of blast," said Punjab police spokesman Nayab Haider, who confirmed two high-ranking police officials were killed in the blast.

A spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, called Reuters and claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
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