Bombing near residence of militant leader kills three in Lahore

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (AP) — A powerful car bomb went off near the residence of a jailed anti-India militant leader in Pakistan yesterday, killing at least three people and wounding 25 others, police and rescue officials said.

The blast happened in the Johar Town neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore, provincial police chief Inam Ghani told reporters. He said officers were still trying to determine whether it was a suicide bombing or the bomb was remotely detonated.

Ghani said some police officers were among the wounded.

“It was a car bomb, but we are still trying to confirm whether it was a suicide bombing,” he said.He confirmed that the bombing happened near the residence of anti-India militant leader Hafiz Saeed, who has been designated a terrorist by the United States (US) Justice Department and has a USD10 million bounty on his head.

Police officers, investigators and rescue workers gather at the site of explosion. PHOTO: AP