Lahore suicide bomber a teenager, came in a rickshaw


LAHORE: The suicide bomber who wreaked havoc near Ferozepur Road was around 16-17 years of age and arrived in a rickshaw, intelligence officials revealed on Tuesday.

Moreover, the First Information Report (FIR) on Monday’s suicide attack states that the attacker had two accomplices, it surfaced on Tuesday.

The FIR, registered against three unidentified persons states, the bomber — who was 16-17 years old — bid farewell to two people before approaching policemen resting under the shade of a tree and detonating the bomb.

The suicide bomber traversed from Gajju Matta town to the site of incident – Kot Lakhpat Sabzi Mandi—in a rickshaw, intelligence officials disclosed further.

Sources said on Tuesday the Punjab government has decided to form a joint investigation team to conduct a probe into the Ferozepur suicide bombing.

The investigation team would comprise Punjab additional home secretary, officials of the counter-terrorism department, police and intelligence agencies.

Earlier reports had stated that the bomber travelled on a motorcycle.

All the motorcycles destroyed in the blast belonged to the victims, authorities said further.

DNA tests of the terrorist’s severed limbs are being conducted while further investigations are also under way. Investigators are attempting to identify the bomber and his facilitators and trace their movement.

Also on Tuesday, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the nation will avenge Monday’s cowardly attack.

During a visit to Ittefaq Hospital to monitor the treatment being meted out to victims, Sharif said that innocent civilians and policemen were targeted in the blast.

At present, two injured are in critical condition. Of the total injured, 35 are under treatment at General Hospital, 13 in Jinnah Hospital, five at Ittefaq Hospital and one at Services Hospital.

The chief minister expressed solidarity with the victims and directed the medical staff to ensure the best treatment for the injured.

Security officials have also placed blockades at various places surrounding the site; however, Ferozepur Road has now been opened to traffic.

Funeral prayers of the martyred policemen were offered at Kot Lakhpat, and the bodies of the deceased have been handed over to their heirs for burial in their native towns.


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