multiple cylinder blasts rocked the Barkat Market area in Pakistan’s Lahore on Tuesday afternoon, according to local media reports.
Eyewitnesses told WEB News that at least 10 gas cylinders blew up one after the other within a few minutes in the busy neighborhood. Several vehicles and shops have been damaged in the blasts.
Police have cordoned off the area and rescue efforts are underway. While there is no official word yet on the number of casualties, the wounded have been shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital for treatment.
Videos of the incident shared on social media showed back-to-back explosions, followed by blazing flames and thick clouds of black smoke.
Moreover, 12 vehicles and several shops are damaged in the incident.
Rescue teams have cordoned off the area while further damage assessment is being done.
Cylinder blasts are being reported frequently in the country, mainly owing to the use of substandard products. Last week, a powerful blast in the Pakistani city’s Johar Town near-criminal mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s home killed three people and injured 24 others, including a police constable.
Following the blast, a car mechanic was taken into custody on Saturday for his involvement in the blast. Sources said intelligence agencies arrested the technician for modifying the interiors of the car that was used in the blast. “He has been shifted to an unknown location,” Geo News quoted a source as saying.
A rickshaw and motorcycles parked nearby were completely destroyed by the blast, the police said. The site of the blast was cordoned off with a bomb disposal squad collecting evidence. Hafiz Saeed’s residence remained safe, but many other houses and shops falling within a 100 square feet radius of the blast site were damaged