LAHORE  - The death toll in Tuesday’s bombing swelled to six on Friday as another victim succumbed to wounds at the Ganga Ram Hospital in Lahore.

After battling three days for life, Muhammad Mukhtar expired in the intensive car unit of the hospital on early Friday.

At least five people including a police sub-inspector were killed and 27 others wounded in a powerful explosion near Police Headquarters Qila Gujjar Singh on Empress Road Tuesday. A joint investigation team comprising police officers and intelligence operatives is probing into the blast which appeared to have been caused by a young suicide bomber who blasted himself “prematurely.”

Reportedly, Jamaatul Ahrar, an off-shoot of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan asserted responsibility of the terror strike which shook the Punjab capital, which has seen relatively a few attacks in recent years. Police investigators say they believe Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf was the possible target since the bomber blew himself up on the route the officer was scheduled to pass through.