UPDATED: Pakistan: Suicide bomb rips through Lahore, at least 52 killed

Published March 27th, 2016 - 03:56 GMT
Pakistani rescuers use a stretcher to shift a body from a bomb blast site in Lahore on March 27, 2016. (AFP/Arif Ali)
Pakistani rescuers use a stretcher to shift a body from a bomb blast site in Lahore on March 27, 2016. (AFP/Arif Ali)

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded park in Lahore on Sunday evening, killing at least 52 people and injuring 150 others, police and local media have reported.

According to police, the bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest in a crowded area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, located in a northern district of Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city.

The injured, many of whom are in critical condition, included several women and children.

Footage broadcast on local television channels showed rescue workers and concerned citizens loading the dead and injured onto ambulances.

The government, for its part, has declared a state of emergency at the city’s hospitals while doctors predict a dramatic rise in the current death toll.

The army, meanwhile, has been called up to assist in first-aid and rescue efforts.

Pieces of human flesh and blood-soaked clothing could be seen scattered around the blast site.

TV footage showed several injured people lying on the ground and crying for help.

No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bombing -- an unusual occurrence in an otherwise peaceful part of the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, vowing to continue Pakistan’s war on terrorism "despite these cowardly acts".

By Aamir Latif

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