Pakistanis attend funerals for 9 killed in suicide bombing

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of Pakistani mourners attended funerals Thursday for five police officers and four civilians killed when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore the day before.

The checkpoint is near a religious group’s main congregation place in the neighborhood of Raiwind in Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital.

Punjab chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, and other officials attended the police funerals Thursday.

The United Nations issued a statement saying Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offers condolences to families of the victims and calls for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.

At least 27 people were wounded in Wednesday’s attack, which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Lahore has seen many bomb and suicide attacks in recent years, with dozens of people killed. On Easter Sunday in 2016, at least 75 people died and hundreds were wounded in a suicide bombing at a park.

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