WASHINGTON – Acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Monday that US strongly condemned terrorist attack in Lahore that left 13 people dead.

“We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Toner said.

The official further maintained that the US government stood in solidarity with Government of Pakistan, its security forces, and the Pakistani people in their fight against terrorism.

US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale also condemned the Lahore attack.

At least 13 people including senior police officers were killed while 73 others were left injured after a massive explosion near Punjab Assembly on Monday.

The bomb blast occurred at Chairing Cross, Mall Road, Lahore, killing DIG Traffic Capt (r) Ahmad Mubeen, SSP Mahmood Gondal and DSP Pervez Butt, police sources told Daily Pakistan.

“The incident occurred as hundreds of chemists were protesting nearby against a new regulatory law,” Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said.