Suicide blast kills at least 72 in Lahore on Easter Sunday

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An injured child recovers in hospital following the blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore.
An injured child recovers in hospital following the blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore.

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.

Women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Gulshan Park, Lahore.
Women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Gulshan Park, Lahore.

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.

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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.

Distraught loved-ones comforted eachother at the scene
Distraught loved-ones comforted eachother at the scene
Family members comfort a woman mourning the death of a relative
Family members comfort a woman mourning the death of a relative

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.

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.”

 

 

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