“Initial reports suggested that it was a car bomb attack, but we are checking,” Police spokesman Fazal Naeem confirmed the attack, saying that “several people are feared dead and wounded”.
According to the police official, the blast created a crater 8 feet deep.
Bodies and injured people have been taken to district hospital where emergency has been enforced while relief activities are underway.
DPO reached the site soon after the incident. Nearby houses and 15 shops were completely destroyed in the blast.