|Pakistani rescuers use a stretcher to shift a body from a bomb blast |
site in Lahore on March 27, 2016. © Arif Ali / AFP
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65 Dead, 280 Injured
(RT News) - Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide blast outside a public park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore that killed at least 65 people and injured more than 280. Most of the injured are women and children.
“The targets were Christians,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the faction, said, threatening that more attacks in the region would follow.
“We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.”
Salman Rafique, a health adviser for Punjab’s provincial government, put the death toll at over 60 people.
“There are more than 280 injured people,” Rafique said. “Many are now being treated, and we fear that the death toll may climb considerably.”
Police say the blast had been carried out by a suicide bomber.
“Most of the dead and injured are women and children,” Mustansar Feroz, superintendent of police for the area told Reuters.
The explosion happened outside Gulshan Iqbal Park, near the park’s parking lot, just outside the exit gate and a few meters away from children's swings.
The park was crowded because Christians are celebrating Easter holiday and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred, according to senior police officer Haider Ashraf. He also said the death toll could still rise as many of the wounded were in critical condition.