Two bombs go off in CD market
By Mohammad Faisal Ali
LAHORE: Seven people were injured when two low-intensity explosive devices exploded in a crowded CD market on the Hall Road here on Saturday.
The two blasts, which took place 10 minutes apart, triggered panic among shopkeepers and customers who ran for their lives.
Five of the injured, who were taken to Mayo Hospital, had been discharged till late in the night.
Police believed the explosions had been carried out by extremists who earlier targeted some cultural events in the city and even some juice shops.
They said the blasts were aimed at sowing fear among people who were associated with cultural activities and businesses.
Civil Lines SP Dr Haider Ashraf said the first explosion took place on the first floor of Zaitoon Plaza at about 6.40pm.
He said two salesmen, Atif and Ashiq, and three others were injured when pieces of shattered windowpanes hit them. He said the blast created a small crater.
The second blast was of less intensity than the first one, he said. Two people were wounded by it.
He said the nature of the explosives used in the blasts was being determined by bomb disposal squads. But the bombs seemed to be locally made.
Mr Ashraf said an FIR had been lodged against unidentified people on behalf of the state.