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Pakistani official: Explosion kills 6 in city of Lahore

  • Bodies of alleged militants killed in an operation by security forces are tended to by workers from the Chhipa Welfare Association, at a mortuary, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Rao Anwar, a police official in Karachi, said eight Taliban-linked militants were killed in the raid. Pakistan said it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among his Islamist supporters. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Bodies of alleged militants killed in an operation by security forces are tended to by workers from the Chhipa Welfare Association, at a mortuary, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Rao Anwar, a police official in Karachi, said eight Taliban-linked militants were killed in the raid. Pakistan said it will send paramilitary forces to crack down on Islamic militants in the Punjab province, a move that the ruling party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had long rejected because of opposition among his Islamist supporters. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani soldiers stand alert at the site of an explosion, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A Pakistani provincial minister says an explosion has killed at least eight people in the eastern city of Lahore.  The violence is the latest in a string of brazen suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people. The attacks have been claimed by an array of militant groups, including the Islamic State group and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide crackdown on militants. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistani soldiers stand alert at the site of an explosion, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A Pakistani provincial minister says an explosion has killed at least eight people in the eastern city of Lahore. The violence is the latest in a string of brazen suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people. The attacks have been claimed by an array of militant groups, including the Islamic State group and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide crackdown on militants. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police cordon off the area of explosion in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A Pakistani provincial minister says an explosion has killed at least eight people in the eastern city of Lahore.  The violence is the latest in a string of brazen suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people. The attacks have been claimed by an array of militant groups, including the Islamic State group and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide crackdown on militants. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Police cordon off the area of explosion in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. A Pakistani provincial minister says an explosion has killed at least eight people in the eastern city of Lahore. The violence is the latest in a string of brazen suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people. The attacks have been claimed by an array of militant groups, including the Islamic State group and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide crackdown on militants. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani provincial minister says an explosion has killed six people in the eastern city of Lahore.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah says it is not yet clear what caused Thursday's explosion, which took place at an upscale Lahore restaurant. He says the explosion also wounded at least 15 people.

The violence is the latest in a string of brazen suicide bombings and other attacks over the past two weeks that have killed over 125 people.

The attacks have been claimed by an array of militant groups, including the Islamic State group and a splinter Taliban faction, and have prompted a countrywide crackdown on militants.

In just one bombing, which was claimed by IS and which targeted a revered Sufi shrine packed with Shiite worshippers, at least 90 people were killed.