Dozens killed in Pakistan blast

At least 60 people have been killed and scores injured in an explosion at a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say.

The park was crowded with families at the time and most of the victims are said to be women and children.

Police told the BBC it appeared to be a suicide bomb. A Pakistan Taliban faction said it carried out the attack.

Pakistan’s president has condemned the blast and the regional government has announced three days of mourning.

Many families were at the park at the time of the explosion. (Photo: AFP)

All the major hospitals in the area have been put on an emergency footing.

The explosion appears to have been at the main gate to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in an area where cars are usually left – and a short distance from the children’s swings.

One eyewitness said there was chaos, with a stampede breaking out and children separated from their parents in the rush to escape.

Another man told Pakistan’s Geo TV station he was heading towards a fairground ride with his wife and two children when he heard a huge bang and all four of them were thrown to the floor.

Families are in mourning after the explosion. (Photo: Reuters)

Hasan Imran, 30, a local resident who had gone to the park for a walk told Reuters: “When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air.”

A health adviser to the regional government said more than 280 people had been injured and it was feared the number of dead would rise further.

The agency also reported that the army was called in to control crowds outside the park.

Facebook has activated its feature for people in Lahore to mark themselves as safe.

Lahore is the capital of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest province and the political power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Several people were also injured and said to be in serious condition. (Photo: AFP)

Pakistan Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar told local and Western media it was behind the attack.

“We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” spokesperson Ehansullah Ehsan told Pakistan’s Express Tribune.

Pakistan has suffered regular incidents of Taliban-related violence, sectarian strife and criminal gang activity.

Meanwhile in the capital, Islamabad, police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who marched in support of Islamist gunman Mumtaz Qadri, who they see as a religious hero.

Qadri was hanged last month for the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer five years ago.

Mr Taseer had defended a Christian woman jailed on blasphemy charges.


Source: BBC

3 Responses to Dozens killed in Pakistan blast

  1. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I have yet to see the heads of state stand collectively, and appeal for an end to this senseless violence, and the toll it is taken on innocent human life. Where is collective moral outcry from the religious community? Or ought we to come to terms with the fact that this is the new normal? How low must we go as a human species before we come to terms with the realization that the creatures God have place in our charge have learned to live better than we do?

  2. jrsmith March 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    For what ever people want to religiously align themselves to group of faithful followers, no one seems to be able to show what has been achieved from the various religions and the bible. Over the past 50 years.

    We have Muslims ,who justifies they religion and call all Christians infidels, they shoot , bomb, set on fire, drown men in cages , do what they please to women and children, this is done in the name of (ALLAH)
    Someone please for me define (ALLAH)……

    We have the Christians, who seems to be always being thrown to the lions, as (NERO ) said the Christians is suffering this fate, but who is protection the Christians , they have no protection they are being killed every day after day in the name of (God).

    There must be a time that will come ,which would determine to the world ,does this all worth the human suffering and sacrifice , to be just a follower of a religion. Or would we will see the revival of person’s as like (JIM JONES) when all the faith has gone no way to turn..


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