Pakistan: hundreds arrested after Easter bombing

Pakistan: hundreds arrested after Easter bombing
By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters

Hundreds arrested as government comes down hard on Islamist militants

  • Hundreds arrested
  • Weapons seized in raids
  • Funerals take place of victims of Easter Sunday park bombing

There have reportedly been hundreds of arrests following an Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Pakistan that claimed scores of lives.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, says the bomb detonated at the children’s playground in Lahore was meant to target Christians.

It was also intended as a message for the government, the group said.

Army spokesperson Asim Bajwa says the operation is continuing

Why is there a crackdown?

Pakistan’s prime minister has renewed his pledge to tackle terrorism in response to the bombing in the eastern city of Lahore.

Nawaz Sharif has decided to launch a paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants in Punjab, the country’s richest and most populous province.

Why is this happening?

Pakistan has been shocked to its core by the brutal bombing in Lahore.

At least 73 people were killed when a suicide bomber targeted a children’s play area at the park on Easter Sunday.

29 of them were children. It was mainly women and children who were caught up in the attack.

Many of those who died were Christians enjoying the Easter weekend.

Pakistan is a majority Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than two million.

Many live in Lahore, traditionally known as a wealthy and liberal city.

In tweets

What they are saying

“Today, I have come to you to renew my vow that we are accounting for each and every drop of blood of our martyrs. This score is being settled and we will not sit comfortably until the last tranche of this account is settled.”Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif

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