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Wagah: Suicide blast leaves 55 dead, 120 injured

WAGAH: At least 55 were killed and 120 injured due to a powerful suicide blast at the Pak-India border here on Sunday, ARY News reported.

According to details, the explosion took place in the parking of the parade avenue, while the ‘lowering of the flag’ ceremony had just concluded. Initial reports suggested that it was a cylinder blast, however now it is established that it was a suicide blast.

ARY News Lahore bureau chief, Arif Hameed Bhatti quoted responsible sources as saying that it was a suicide blast and a bomber blew him off as soon as the flag lowering ceremony ended as per daily practice by the Pakistan Rangers and Indian BSF.

Bhatti further said that the attacker was carrying nearly 25 kilograms of explosives, he was present at the ceremony for quite some time, however detonated himself when the people grew suspicious about his movements.

Meanwhile, rescue teams and security personnel reached the spot and shifted the dead bodies and injured to the hospital.

It was further reported that the deceased also included three personnel of the Punjab Rangers along with common people, who had gathered to witness the ceremony.

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