- Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the blast
- Monday's blast occurred at Charing Cross in Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city
Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Pakistan's Tehreek-i Taliban (TTP) -- also known as the Pakistani Taliban -- claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to CNN.
Jamat-ul-Ahrar was also responsible for a deadly attack in Lahore less than a year ago. Last Easter Sunday, a suicide bombing at a neighborhood park killed
at least 69 people and injured 341 others.
Monday's blast occurred at Charing Cross in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province and the second-largest city in the country.
Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast, according to a statement obtained by CNN, saying that "such cowardly acts cannot deter the resolve of the nation to stand against terrorism and our government is committed to root out this menace."