02/11/2014 10:17 GMT | Updated 02/11/2014 11:59 GMT

Pakistan Suspected Suicide Bombing Kills Over 40 Near India Border Checkpoint

A suspected suicide bomb blast has killed over 40 people in Pakistan, near a checkpoint at the country's eastern border with India.

Pakistani police chief Mushtaq Sukhera told reporters in Lahore that the bomb exploded outside a restaurant near a Pakistani paramilitary soldiers' checkpoint at the Wagah border crossing on the city outskirts.

He says the death toll is likely to increase because over 70 people are wounded, with several in critical condition.

The blast tore through crowds of spectators leaving after a colourful daily ceremony.

Pakistan news site Dunya News reports that the rising death toll has reached 48.



A woman cries after her relative was killed in the blast


Relatives gather around the bodies of loved ones


Pakistani volunteers transport the body of a blast victim

Police chief Sukhera said the attack looks like the work of a suicide bomber, but police are investigating.

He says the police had intelligence reports in advance that there could be such a blast in the city.

Another Lahore officer, Haider Ashraf, says some paramilitary soldiers are among the wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing.