Officials in Pakistan say a suspected suicide bomb in the eastern city of Lahore has killed at least 26 people and wounded around 50 others.
Monday's attack occurred in a busy marketplace where local administration workers were working to remove illegal makeshift shops near government buildings, citing security concerns. Police were escorting the workers to deter protesters.
Provincial health minister Salman Rafiq told reporters that several police officers were among the dead and that some of the hospitalized victims were in critical condition.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the violence, saying one of its suicide bombers carried out the attack.
Haider Ashraf, the director general of Police Operations in Lahore, said a preliminary investigation indicates the blast was the work of a suicide bomber riding a motorbike.
The explosion occurred around Arfa Kareem Tower - a building not far from the office of the state's chief minister.
Militant bomb blasts are relatively common in Pakistan, but Lahore, the country's second largest city, has seen relatively few attacks recently.
Source: Voice of America
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