Security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast.
At 3 two people were killed and 26 injured Thursday by a bomb blast in a busy shopping district of the Pakistani city of Lahore, police said.
"Initial investigations show that it was a time-controlled device on a motorbike which was the cause of the blast," Rana Arif, spokesman for Lahore police, told AFP.
Officials said a nine-year-old child was one of those killed.
pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed regret over the "loss of precious human lives", a spokesman for his office said.
On Twitter, a spokesman for the Baloch Nationalist Army said it was responsible.
"This attack targeted bank employees. A detailed statement will be issued soon," the tweet said.
Mineral-rich Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan and Iran, is the largest of pakistan's four provinces, but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.
China is investing in the area under a $54-billion project known as the China-pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), upgrading infrastructure, power and transport links between its far-western Xinjiang region and pakistan's Gwadar port.
Baloch separatists previously claimed several attacks on CPEC projects, and thousands of pakistani security personnel are deployed in the region to counter the violence.
Among those wounded in the powerful blast were some police officers manning a checkpoint next to the house of Hafiz Saeed, the jailed founder of militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Initial investigation suggested that the explosive material was planted in a motorcycle that was parked near a trash bin," said local police station house officer Sajjad Khan.
Daesh said in a statement the lone suicide bomber was from neighbouring Afghanistan. He shot two police guarding the Shiite Muslim mosque in northwest Peshawar before entering inside and exploding his device, it said.
The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist attack, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others. It took place on Tuesday in a religious school in the city of Peshawar, northern Pakistan, which claimed the lives of a number of innocent civilians, including children, and wounded others.
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