At least 16 people sustained injuries in a low-intensity explosion that blew up a shop located at Pakistan Chowk, Ichhra in Lahore Friday night.
The blast was so powerful that it devastated the entire shop that sells motorcycles using installment plan. The blast would have been even more devastating , as congested Ichhra market is usually jam-packed with shoppers
Most of the shops were closed at the time of blast. However, some restaurants were open in the area catering to the late night diners. Following the blast, a lot of local people swarmed the blast site.
The shop located at Pakistan Chowk, belongs to Momin Khan, who sells motorbikes on installment. He earlier received threats to wrap up his business as this involves markup banned in Islam. The same outfit demanded him to pay extortion money worth Rs.2 million.
According to police sources, at least three miscreants overnight tossed a cracker outside the shop and fled the scene