A suicide bomber killed at least 65 people, mostly women and children, at a park in Lahore on Sunday 27th March,2016, in an attack claimed by a Pakistani Taleban faction which said it had targeted Christians.
More than 300 other people were wounded, officials said.
The explosion occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park close to children's swings. The park is a popular site for members of Lahore's Christian community, many of whom had gone there to celebrate the Easter weekend holiday.
"When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air,
Salman Rafique, a health adviser for the Punjab provincial government, said many of the wounded were undergoing emergency surgery in hospitals.
According to Rescue sources, nearly 300 injured people were shifted to nearby hospitals.
The Taleban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.
"The target was Christians," a spokesman for the faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said. "We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore." "He can do what he wants but he won't be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks."
Immediate funds required for the medical treatment of victim families.
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