At least 22 people injured in a truck explosion in Lahore

At least 32 people were injured after an explosion rocked Lahore's on Band Road on Monday night, ARY News reported.

It is important to mention here that residents of the area have alleged that police were informed about the suspicious vehicle, which was parked for three days, but no action was taken.

No individual or has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident. "A huge quantity of explosives was used in the truck", Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan told Reuters.

Official sources told PTI that the explosives were placed in the truck laden with fruits on the Out Fall Road - the route Sharif is to take on his return to his hometown for the first time since the Panama Papers scandal verdict on July 28.

Bomb blasts by militants are common in Pakistan, especially in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

The injured, including women and children, were rushed to the nearby hospitals for treatment.

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American nationals should stay away from the area in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, where a bomb blast wounded scores of people earlier on Monday, the US Department of State said in a press release.

The blast also left a 10-15 feet crater on the spot.

Nearby buildings and cars were affected by the blast.

However this is the route which the estranged Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was about to travel from Islamabad which has prompted the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said Sharif's route in the city would be revised now.

Similarly, a suicide blast on February 13 had ripped through a camp of protesting chemists in front of the Punjab Assembly, leaving 13 people dead and 70 others wounded.


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