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In pics | Terror strikes Lahore: Pakistan suicide bombing kills 65

world Updated: Mar 28, 2016 07:42 IST
Lahore suicide blast

Pakistani emergency workers and police officers gather at a bomb blast site in Lahore.(AFP Photo)

A suicide bombing at a public park in Lahore on Easter Sunday killed at least 65 people and injured more than 300 others.

The attack was claimed by a breakaway Pakistani faction of the Islamist extremist group, Taliban.

Ahsanullah Ahsantold, spokesperson for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, the Associated Press that the suicide bomber had targeted the Christian community.

The explosion took place near the children’s rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, which was crowded with Christians celebrating Easter.

The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few feet (metres) away from children’s swings.

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“We are in a warlike situation and there is always a general threat but no specific threat alert was received for this place,” said Zaeem Qadri, a spokesperson for the provincial government.

Relatives bring an injured child to the hospital in Lahore. (AFP Photo)

Rescue workers move a body from the site of a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan. (Reuters Photo)

Pakistani rescuers and officials gather at a bomb blast site in Lahore. (AFP Photo)

Pakistani women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Lahore. (AFP Photo)

At least 65 people were killed after an explosion ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park where many minority Christians had gone to celebrate Easter Sunday in the Pakistani city of Lahore. (AFP Photo)

A woman weeps for her injured family members as she tries to speak to security at a local hospital in Lahore. (AP Photo)

Relatives and emergency workers carry an injured woman to the hospital in Lahore. (AFP Photo)