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A suicide bombing killed at least 22 people in Pakistan


At least 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured Monday in a suicide bombing in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf said a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck an old vegetable market in the neighborhood of Kot Lakhpat. He added that the vegetable market wasn't far from a demolition site police were guarding.

"There was a police picket that was targeted," Ashraf told Al Jazeera.

A victim's boot lies at the site of a deadly bombing in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, July 24, 2017. Pakistani officials said that the suicide motorcycle bombing killed over 20 people and wounded more than 20 others at a vegetable market in the neighborhood of Kot Lakhpat on Lahore's outskirts. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Eight police officers were among those killed and Ashraf said 35 of those wounded are also policemen. At least 10 of those wounded in the attack are in critical condition and were taken to Lahore's Jinnah hospital, officials told Al Jazeera.

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

Earlier this year, a suicide bombing killed 16 police officers on a busy road.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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