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Lockdown in Lahore in aftermath of deadly bombing

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
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Lockdown in Lahore in aftermath of deadly bombing
  • 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.