Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Lahore (Pakistan), Explosion on Band Road in Lahore

According to media reports, an explosion occurred at approximately 2100 near the intersection of Band Road and Outfall Road in western Lahore. Although initial reports attributed the explosion to a truck collision with an electrical transformer or power lines, most media outlets are now reporting that the explosion may be due to the detonation of explosives in the vehicle. Early reports indicate that as many as 20 people were injured in the explosion. Structure collapses have been reported in the area.

American citizens are advised to avoid the area of the explosion. Please report any American citizens affected to the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore using the contact information below.

U.S. citizens are reminded that there is an active Travel Warning for Pakistan issued on May 22, 2017. U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The Mission reminds those U.S. citizens considering travel to or remaining in Pakistan despite this warning to:

? keep a trusted friend informed of your movements in country

maintain vigilant situational awareness and keep a low profile

? avoid large crowds, locations frequented by Westerners, and hotels that do not apply stringent security measures

? vary your times and routes when traveling in Pakistan

? verify that travel documents, visas, and residency documents remain valid and accessible at all times

? Consular services in Pakistan are available in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. The consulate in Peshawar is not providing consular services at this time.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council