Seven including police officers killed in a blast in Lahore

Lahore: At least seven people, including senior police officers, were martyred on Monday when a powerful explosion hit close to the Punjab Assembly, near Mall Road and Charing Cross in Lahore, where a large number of people had gathered for a protest.

According to initial reports, several people have been injured in the blast and shifted to the Ganga Ram medical center and other nearby hospitals. Casualties were feared in the explosion.

The owners of medical stores in Punjab had announced a demonstration near the Punjab Assembly building to protest the drug rules of the provincial government.

The powerful explosion hit when hundreds of people were present at the location for the protest.