The Latest: Lahore bombing death toll rises to 22

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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Pakistan (all times local):

6:25 p.m.

Pakistani police say the death toll in a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Lahore has risen to 22.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck near police guarding a demolition site at a vegetable market on the outskirts of Lahore.

Ashraf said earlier it was believed earlier that the bomb was in a car, but it discovered that the vehicle belonged to a police officer, among the eight officers killed.

He said many of 35 wounded are policemen.

The outlawed militant group Tahrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Lahore has faced scores of terror attacks in recent years. A suicide bombing earlier this year killed 16 police on a busy road while another killed over 70 people during Easter last year.


5:35 p.m.

Pakistani officials say a car bomb has killed 12 people and wounded 25 in the eastern city of Lahore.

A statement from Malik Mohammad Ahmed, a spokesman for government of the eastern Punjab province, says the car bomb struck an old vegetable market in the neighborhood of Kot Lakhpat on Lahore's outskirts on Monday.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police officer Kashif Aslam says the bombing targeted policemen who were providing security for demolition work at an old building nearby. Most of the casualties were policemen.

Lahore is the provincial capital of Punjab. The head of the provincial government, Shahbaz Sharif, condemned the attack.

Lahore has faced scores of terror attacks in recent years. A suicide bombing there killed over 70 people on Easter last year.

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