Bomb blast kills 14 at protest in Pakistan, leaves dozens hurt

Police and security officers cordon off the area of a deadly bombing, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday.

Story highlights

  • Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the blast
  • Monday's blast occurred at Charing Cross in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)A bomb exploded during a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 59 more, according to government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan.

Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Pakistan's Tehreek-i Taliban (TTP) -- also known as the Pakistani Taliban -- claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to CNN.
    Jamat-ul-Ahrar was also responsible for a deadly attack in Lahore less than a year ago. Last Easter Sunday, a suicide bombing at a neighborhood park killed at least 69 people and injured 341 others.
    Monday's blast occurred at Charing Cross in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province and the second-largest city in the country.
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    Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast, according to a statement obtained by CNN, saying that "such cowardly acts cannot deter the resolve of the nation to stand against terrorism and our government is committed to root out this menace."