LAHORE - Nine people including two police officials were killed while 35 others including a dozen cops got injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at Moon Market in front of Iqbal Town police station here late on Wednesday night, witnesses, rescue 1122 and police said. The bomber came on foot and targeted the policemen deployed at the Moon Market at 10.55 pm, one of the busiest places in City. The deceased police officials were identified as Sub-Inspector Jafar Baloch and Constable Muhammad Arif. Jinnah Hospital MS Dr Zahid Pervaiz told TheNation that emergency department had received four bodies and 20 injured including 10 cops. Deputy Administrator Shaikh Zayed Hospital Dr Sohail said that two bodies had been received while more than a dozen injured mostly policemen were also received at the emergency department. DIG Investigation Mushtaq Sukhera confirmed that seven people including two policemen had been killed while 16 including 12 policemen got injured in the incident. He further said that the injured policemen were in critical condition. He also confirmed that four civilians were severally injured. Contrary to police claim that seven persons had lost their lives in the blast, Edhi spokesman, however, said that the death toll was nine. According to the DIG Investigation, the suicide bomber came on foot and blew himself up in front of the police station. To a query, he said that the face of the bomber was found without any major damage to it and can be recognised which would help in not only identifying the assailant but also in the probe into the incident. Police said as many as 20 policemen were deployed at the Moon Market for security purpose on the eve of Independence Day. An eyewitness said the suicide bomber came on a motorcycle. Another eyewitness, however, claimed that two policemen deployed at the Moon Market signalled a suspected motorcyclist to stop for identification. The suspect left his bike and rushed towards the policemen on foot, which showed he wanted to target the police, he added. As soon as he reached near the police officials, he blew himself up. It is pertinent to mention here, that according to security strategy devised by police, not more than six policemen were to be deployed at one place, but on Wednesday night at the time of the blast, some 20 police officials were performing duties at Moon Market. A high alert has been declared in City and more police contingent was called to maintain law and order. The suicide blast was so powerful that it broke windowpanes of several nearby buildings while the voice of blast was heard around a vicinity of two kilometers, witnesses said. The limbs of the deceased and injured people including of the policemen were found at the venue. This was the fifth suicide attack in the City in a series of such incidents, the first one occurred at GPO crossing on January 9. 2008.  It was followed by a similar blast at Navy War College at The Mall on March 3, 2008. After five days, two suicide bombers hit FIA building and Model Town simultaneously on March 8, 2008. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in a bomb blast at Allama Iqbal Town. The Chief Minister strongly condemned this cowardly act of terrorism. He directed health authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured persons free of cost. He prayed that Allah Almighty may bless the departed souls in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the members for bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured.