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.
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.
Rescue workers move a body from the site of a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan.
Pakistani rescuers and officials gather at a bomb blast site in Lahore.
Pakistani women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Lahore.
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.
A woman weeps for her injured family members as she tries to speak to security at a local hospital in Lahore.
Relatives and emergency workers carry an injured woman to the hospital in Lahore.