Updated: 23/02/17 : 12:05:58
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World :: Blast in Pakistan leaves at least six dead

At least six people have been killed by what police say was a bomb blast in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

The explosion ripped through a shopping area, wounding another 30 people.

Initial reports suggested the blast was caused by an electricity generator exploding, but police said later they believed it was a bomb.

Pakistan has been hit by a wave of bombings claimed by Islamist militant groups in recent days. There was no immediate claim for the latest blast.

It happened in Lahore's Defence Housing Authority suburb. Television footage showed buildings and cars damaged by the blast.

Last week a Taliban faction said it carried out a bomb attack in Lahore, which killed 13 people and wounded more than 80.

Days later a suicide bomb attack at a shrine in the southern town of Sehwan was claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS). Police now say 90 people were killed.

In response, Pakistan launched a security crackdown, which included closing border crossings with Afghanistan, and claims it killed 100 militants.