Lahore bombings: Pictures show aftermath of suicide attack

At least 70 people were killed and 300 wounded in the blast

Samuel Osborne
Monday 28 March 2016 09:28
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The prime minister of Pakistan has vowed to eliminate those who carried out the Lahore terror attacks that targeted Christians gathered for Easter, killing 70 people.

A breakaway Taliban faction, which publicly supports Isis, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The suicide bomber struck on Sunday evening, when many Christian families were visiting the Gulshan-E-Iqbal park to celebrate Easter.

The majority of victims are believed to be women and children.

Jamaat-ul-Ahra, which has said it carried out the bombing, has said it was deliberately targetting Christians.

Eyewitnesses described the scene following the blast as chaotic, as a stampede caused children to be separated from their parents.

Images of the aftermath showed children being carried clear of the site.

Even though the bombing targeted mainly Christians, most of those killed in Lahore were Muslims, who were also in the park on Easter Sunday.

Of the dead, 14 have been identified as Christian, according to Lahore Police Superintendent Mohammed Iqbal.

Jamaat-ul-Ahra previously took responsibility for the twin bombings of a Christian church in Lahore last year.

Additional reporting by agencies

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