Taliban claims responsibility for Lahore bombing, says Christians were targeted

Published March 28th, 2016 - 06:30 GMT
Pakistani relatives mourn over the body of a victim during a funeral following an overnight suicide bombing in Lahore on March 28, 2016. (AFP/Arif Ali)
Pakistani relatives mourn over the body of a victim during a funeral following an overnight suicide bombing in Lahore on March 28, 2016. (AFP/Arif Ali)

Police in Pakistan are hunting militants behind a suicide bomb attack that has killed at least 69 people and injured at least 300 more.

Sunday’s blast, which happened in a park in the eastern city of Lahore, targeted Christian families as they celebrated Easter.

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

“I carried twenty children, to be taken to the the civil hospital. I moved three bodies to a police car. At the time of the blast, the children were playing at the fairground;” explained one witness.

The Christian community was ending their fast and celebrating Easter. A lot of Christians come here for this type of occasion. I can’t explain the tragic scene.”

Many of the victims were women and children and the death toll is expected to rise.

Pakistan has been plagued by violence for years, since joining a US-led campaign against Islamist militancy after the 9-11 attacks in America.

Many Christians accuse the government of doing little to protect them.


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