At least 10 killed in suspected suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured today in Pakistan’s Punjab province when explosives carried by an apparent suicide bomber went off after the auto-rickshaw he was traveling in collided with a motorcycle. The blast happened in Multan district, some 350 kilometers from provincial capital Lahore. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Salim Gondal told reporters that initial reports suggest the blast took place after the explosives carried by one of the passengers in the auto-rickshaw went off. “Ball bearings have been recovered from the blast site indicating that it might be a suicide blast. It seems someone in the three-wheeler was carrying explosives and it exploded after hitting the motorcyclist,” he said. Both the vehicles were completely damaged in the incident, killing their occupants on the spot. A number of nearby shops also caught fire while the other vehicles passing the area were damaged. District Emergency Officer (Multan) said at least 10 people have been killed in the blast and 50 others suffered injuries. Some 20 of the injured are in critical condition, Gobdal said. Rescue officials shifted the injured to the Nishter Hospital Multan where the condition of a dozen of them is stated to be critical. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and expressed grief over the loss of lives. He also expressed solidarity with the victims’ families.