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Pakistan: at least 65 killed in Lahore blast, Taliban claims responsibility

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Pakistan: at least 65 killed in Lahore blast, Taliban claims responsibility
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A suicide bombing has killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Local authorities said at least 280 more people have been injured and that they fear the death toll is likely to rise.

The Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack and said “Christians were the target.”

The explosion appears to have happened in the parking area at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park – a few metres from children’s swings.

The park had been particularly busy on Sunday evening due to the Easter holiday weekend.

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