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Blast in Lahore Kills Scores of Children and Women

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Another day, another blast, this time targeting children and families celebrating Easter at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan. A suicide bomber blew himself up near a swings set in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the metropolis, amidst families with little children who had come to the park to celebrate Easter Sunday. More than 70 casualties, including 29 children and more than 300 injuries have been reported thus far. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of Pakistan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that it was aimed at killing Christians. However, according to an AFP report, senior police official Haider Ashraf also added that the majority of the dead civilians included Muslims since it was a public park and many families go to there on Sundays. If the attack was meant to incite fear and dread among the people of Lahore, it failed. People of Lahore, irrespective of religion, thronged to the hospitals to donate blood. News of bomb blasts and carnage of this kind is not new to Pakistan or its people. Last year alone saw hundreds of Shia Muslim deaths in the country, in targeted attacks across the country. In March last year, twin attacks targeting churches in Lahore killed 17. Armed gunmen had attacked a university in Charsadda, Pakistan early this year, killing 21 people, most of them students. World leaders, celebrities and citizens from around the world have come together to condemn the attack and stand in solidarity with Lahore. The government of Pakistan has announced three days of mourning for the victims. lahore  

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