44 dead after park bombing in Pakistan


Women comfort each other as they mourn over the death of a family member who was killed in the blast. Photo / AP

At least 44 people were killed in an explosion in a crowded public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday evening, media reports said, quoting security officials.
The attack appeared to have been carried out by a suicide bomber in the parking area of the facility, where families were picnicking for the Easter holiday, the Associated Press reported, quoting a senior police official.
Local media in reported that more than 100 people were injured in the explosion, which occurred in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, the capital of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s stronghold of Punjab province. Several children had been present at the time of the explosion, local media reported.
Pakistan has suffered for years from Islamist militancy, including a Taliban insurgency in the tribal areas along the Afghanistan border.

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