Easter Sunday blast at Pakistan park kills 65, mostly women and children

Special to WorldTribune.com

A terrorist targeted mostly women and children when he blew himself up at a busy public park in Lahore, Pakistan on Easter Sunday.

Men mourn the death of their relatives after a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan on March 27. /Reuters
Men mourn the death of their relatives after a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan on March 27. /Reuters

At least 65 people, the majority women and children, were killed and more than 280 wounded. Reports said the blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few feet away from children’s swings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and police said it was not clear if the bomber had targeted minority Christians. The attack also occurred in the heart of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political base of Punjab.

“When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air,” said Hasan Imran, 30, a resident who had gone to the park for a walk.

Media footage showed children and women standing in pools of blood outside the park, crying and screaming as rescue officials, police and bystanders carried injured people to ambulances and private cars.

“We were just here to have a nice evening and enjoy the weather,” Nasreen Bibi said at the Services Hospital as she waited for doctors to update her on the condition of her two-year-old injured daughter.

“May God shower his wrath upon these attackers. What kind of people target little children in a park?”

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