Blast Outside Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief's House Rocks Lahore
By: Prateek Sachdeva
A powerful car bomb went off outside the house of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed at Lahore’s Johar town area on Wednesday, killing at least three people and injuring over 20 others, Press Trust of India reports.
Inspector-General of Police (Punjab) Inam Ghani said there could have been a “major loss” had there been no police picket outside the house of the high-profile personality, referring to Saeed, The Indian Express reports. “Explosive material was installed in the car. There was a police picket outside the high-value target’s house. The car could not cross the police picket,” Ghani said, describing it as “a terror” act. The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has taken over the blast site and investigating from all aspects, he said.
Lahore’s deputy commissioner Mudassir Riaz Malik told reporters that the blast had created a crater. “We will only be able to determine the cause after carrying out an investigation,” Malik said.
The blast went off at a house located about 120 metres from Saeed’s residence, local TV news channels reported citing police officials. Lahore police chief Ghulam Mehmood Dogar told reporters two of the injured died in Jinnah Hospital, reports Hindustan Times. It was a powerful blast that damaged several houses, shops and vehicles in the area. The roof of a house caved in because of the impact of the blast, says Rescue 1122.
Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, has long been a resident of Johar Town. He is currently serving a 36-year sentence at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. He was arrested and convicted last year for his involvement in five cases of terror financing.
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