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Scores Killed in Easter Bombing in Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan (Photo: flickr/travelpak)

Easter celebrations in Pakistan were interrupted by a Taliban terrorist bombing. The Times of Israel reports that at least 65 are dead after terrorists attacked a children's park crowded with Christian families:

At least 65 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday, officials said.

Dozens of ambulances were seen racing to the Gulshan-i-Iqbal park, situated near the center of the city of around eight million, with many women and children among the dead and wounded.

Lahore top administration official Muhammad Usman said the toll had reached 65 people. “The rescue operation is continuing,” he told AFP, adding that more than 50 children were among the injured.

The army had been called in, he said, and soldiers were at the scene helping with rescue operations and security.

Senior police official Haider Ashraf said the blast appeared to be a suicide attack, adding that ball bearings were found at the park.

A medical superintendent at Jinnah Hospital, who gave his name only as Dr. Ashraf, told AFP the number of injured stands at more than 200 people, most of them are in critical.

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