Up to 46 wounded as heavy explosion rocks Lahore city in Pakistan

At least 35 people were killed after an explosive device went off on Monday night inside a truck parked on the route former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is to take on Wednesday for a public rally in Lahore.

"At least 34 people have been injured, majority were passersby", he added, noting that the wounded had been sent to two hospitals.

At least forty six people were wounded after a heavy explosion rocked Lahore city, the provincial capital of Lahore province of Pakistan.

The initial inquiry suggested that the truck was carrying crates of apricot being transported from Swat to the city, police authorities said.

The health condition of a number of those wounded in the explosion has been reported as critical. Meanwhile police have cordoned off the entire area. Earlier reports said that one person had died and four were critically injured.

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Sharif was at first planned to go to Lahore from Islamabad by means of the acclaimed Grand Trunk Road on Sunday, however the rally was delayed to Wednesday.

It is also noted that the Deputy inspector-General of police Haider Ashraf, said that the truck was filled with explosives.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the bomb blast at Outfall Road and has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The powerful explosion destroyed a nearby building and damaged several vehicles.

A spokesman for the Lahore electric supply company said the high-intensity blast badly damaged the circuit of the grid station.

In February, a suicide bomber martyred 14 people, including senior police officers, when a suicide bomber hit close to the Punjab Assembly in Lahore when hundreds of demonstrators had gathered for a protest.

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