A Taliban faction in Pakistan has claimed that it is responsible for the suicide park Easter attack in Lahore city that led to the death of more than 70 people, including children.
The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar said that it had deliberately targeted Christians who were in the Easter Day celebrations.
The scene was full of confusion as parents looked all over for their missing children.
The Pakistan president has condemned the attack and announced nation-wide mourning of three days.
Officials have said that not less than 300 people have lost their life and it is expected that the death toll will rise.
All major hospitals were overwhelmed by the increasing number of patients coming in and they are on emergency footing.
Lahore is the power base for PM Nawaz Sharif and is one of the most liberal and wealthy cities in Pakistan. Recent years have seen it experience relatively few terror attacks.
A Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman said that the group was “sending a message to Mr. Sharif that they are in Lahore.” They threatened that they would carry out more attacks in future.
Mr. Sharif expressed “grief and sorrow over the sad demise of innocent lives”. He has postponed a planned trip to the UK.
It is believed that the explosion was caused by one of the suicide bombers. It struck the main gate that leads to Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the evening, just a few meters from where children were playing.
Officials have reported that the device which caused the explosion was parked with ball bearings.
Lahore’s minority Christians had crowded the park than usual since they were celebrating Easter.