LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: At least 72 people were killed and more than 233 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space of a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday, officials said.
Dozens of ambulances were seen racing to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, situated near Allama Iqbal Town, with many women and children among the dead and wounded.
Pakistan is in mourning after 29 children were among 72 people killed when a terrorist bomber blew himself up near a family fairground.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore yesterday, saying the bomber was targeting Christians celebrating Easter Sunday.
However local police confirmed that the majority of those killed were Muslims – with only 14 identified as Christians.
Horrific images show bloodied and badly burned children and families surrounded by pools of blood just outside the fairground.
Lahore’s top administration official Muhammad Usman said 233 were wounded. Late Sunday rescue officials had put the number of injured at more than 300.
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The 18-year-old former Nobel Prize winner, who lives in Birmingham, said: “I am devastated by the senseless killing of innocent people in Lahore.
“My heart goes out to the victims and their families and friends. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms.”
I’m shocked by the terrorist attack in Lahore. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. We will do what we can to help.
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Int agencies with Army& Rangers carried out 5 ops in Lhr,Fsd&Multan since last night. Ops continue with more leads coming in-2
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The operations of critical patients are underway. The heirs of injured are satisfied with the arrangements made by Punjab government.
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