Two low intensity blasts went off in separate areas of this eastern Pakistani city today, injuring several persons, officials said.

The first explosion occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at an internet cafe near a cinema hall in the Garhi Shahu area.

State—run rescue service spokesman Fahim Jahanzeb told PTI at least two persons were injured by the blast.

The explosion caused widespread damage to the internet cafe. The second blast occurred minutes later at a juice shop in Begum Kot, located about 15 km from Garhi Shahu area.

Police claimed a battery had exploded in a shop.

Rescue workers rushed the injured in Garhi Shahu, a congested residential area, to nearby hospitals. Authorities also evacuated the area.

Geo News channel reported that some journalists had received an SMS message that there would be three blasts in Lahore today. It did not say who had sent the message.

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