Data Darbar: Explosion hits near major Sufi shrine in Lahore

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At least three people have been killed in an explosion outside a major Sufi Muslim shrine in the Pakistani city of Lahore, officials said.

Many are feared injured according to local news broadcaster Geo News, which said a police vehicle had been hit.

According to initial reports, the blast occurred near the Data Darbar Sufi shrine, one of the oldest Muslim shrines in South Asia.

The blast comes as the country marks the fasting month of Ramadan.

The shrine is located inside the ancient Walled City in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-biggest city.

It is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year from both Sunni and Shia traditions of Islam.

In 2010, dozens died in two suicide blasts at the shrine.

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