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Lahore Blasts: At Least 72 Dead In Suicide Attack; Pak Taliban Claims Responsibility

Published on 28 March, 2016 at 1:10 pm By

At least 72 people were killed and over 250 wounded in a late Sunday night suicide attack in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park of Allama Iqbal Town in Lahore. Most of the victims are women and children.


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The blast took place in a public park in Lahore where Christian families were celebrating Easter.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar took responsibility of the attack.

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Women mourn the death of their dear ones in Lahore blast. dawn

The blast was just outside the exit gate of the park and a few meters away from the children’s swings. The area is a renowned residential area of Lahore.

According to Dawn, eye witnesses said there were pools of blood and scattered body parts spread across the site of the attack.

 

The site of the blast after the explosion. en.people.cn

The site of the blast after the explosion. en.people.cn

The screams of children were heard as people carried the injured in their arms. While others searched for their dear ones in the heart-wrenching scenes at the park near the centre of the city.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a three-day mourning in the province.

 

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The injured being taken away to the hospital. bbc

A statement released from the office of Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif  said that he chaired a meeting at the PM house where his security advisers briefed him.

Lt Gen Asim Bajwa, the director general of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) tweeted about the developments of the Lahore blast:

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called PM Sharif after the Lahore blast and expressed his condolences.

Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs tweeted:

Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron tweeted:

Rahul Gandhi also tweeted:

Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf tweeted:

The United States termed this a “cowardly” attack, vowing to work with Pakistan to defeat those sowing terror in the country.

National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a White House statement that US “condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore”.


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