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Lockdown in Lahore in aftermath of deadly bombing

Suicide bombers say they are sending a message to the government by targeting Christians in a public park

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Lockdown in Lahore in aftermath of deadly bombing

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Point of view

We must bring the killers of our innocent brothers, sisters and children to justice

  • At least 70 dead
  • More than 300 injured
  • The majority are women, children
  • Lahore park was packed for Easter Sunday
  • Taliban faction claims responsibility

  • Hunting the bombers

    The authorities in Pakistan are hunting the members of a Taliban splinter group who claimed to be behind a suicide bombing that has killed at least 70 people in Lahore.

    More than 300 people were injured in the attack on Sunday evening, which targeted a busy park during Easter weekend.

    Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, says it planted a device in this children’s playground.

    Christians were the target of the attack, the group said in a statement, and the aim is to send a direct message to Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif.

    At least 70 people died. More than 300 have been injured.

    Lahore

    • Capital of the Punjab, Pakistan’s richest province
    • Seen as the country’s political and cultural heartland
    • Affluent and liberal

    What they are saying

    “The target was Christians, we want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore,” -*faction spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan*.

    “We must bring the killers of our innocent brothers, sisters and children to justice and will never allow these savage inhumans to overrun our life and liberty,” military spokesman Asim Bajwa.