Yesterday’s horrific suicide attack on Xtians in Pakistan celebrating Easter DELIBERATELY targeted them during their holiday celebrations
A suicide bombing by Islamic terrorists at a park in Lahore that killed 65 and wounded over 300 – mostly women and children – deliberately targeted Christians.
A breakaway Pakistani faction of Taliban terrorists claimed responsibility for an Easter Sunday bombing in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that killed scores of people.
Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, told the AP that a suicide bomber with the faction deliberately targeted the Christian community.
The explosion took place near the children’s rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, which was crowded with Christians celebrating Easter, local police chief Haider Ashraf said. He said the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing.
The attack killed 65 people and wounded over 300, said Deeba Shahnaz, a spokesman for the Lahore rescue administration. The majority of victims were women and children.
Punjab’s chief minister Shahbaz Sharif announced three days of mourning and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice, said Zaeem Qadri, a spokesman for the provincial government.
The park was manned by police and private security guards, police chief Haider Ashraf said. “We are in a warlike situation and there is always a general threat but no specific threat alert was received for this place,” he added.
Schools and businesses in the city will remain closed on Monday, the city’s schools association and the Union of Lahore Traders said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting to assess the security situation in Lahore, according to a government statement. Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, also convened an emergency meeting of the country’s intelligence agencies to begin to track down those responsible for the attacks, said army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa.
Salman Rafiq, a health adviser to the Punjab government, called on people
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