Truck bomb injures at least 34 in Pakistan's Lahore city

Pakistani security officials inspect the site of an explosion on Aug 7, 2017.
Pakistani security officials inspect the site of an explosion on Aug 7, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) - A truck bomb injured at least 34 people late on Monday (Aug 7) in Pakistan, officials said, in the latest bombing to rattle the eastern city of Lahore.

"The explosive material was planted inside a truck which was loaded with fruit," Abdullah Khan Sumbal, a top government official in Lahore, told AFP.

"At least 34 people have been injured, most of them were passer-bys," Sumbal said, adding that the injured have been taken to two hospitals.

Authorities have launched an investigation to determine how and when the truck arrived in the area, Sumbal said.

Jam Sajjad Hussain, a rescue service spokesman, told AFP that at least three of the injured were in a critical condition.

The powerful explosion destroyed a nearby building and damaged several vehicles, he added.

Rai Ijaz, a senior police officer at the site, told reporters that the explosion created a big crater.

The blast came weeks after a bombing claimed by the Pakistani Taleban killed at least 26 people and injured dozens at a vegetable market in Lahore.

The city has been hit by significant militant attacks in Pakistan's more than decade-long war on extremism, but they have been less frequent in recent years.

Lahore, a city of around six million, is Pakistan's cultural hub and the capital of its most powerful province Punjab.