Suicide bomber kills over 69, mostly women, kids outside Pakistan park

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Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide blast outside a public park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore that killed at least 69 people and injured more than 280.

“Most of the dead and injured are women and children,” Mustansar Feroz, superintendent of police for the area told Reuters.

Police say the blast had been carried out by a suicide bomber.

The explosion happened outside Gulshan Iqbal Park, near the park’s parking lot, just outside the exit gate and a few meters away from children’s swings.

The park was crowded because Christians are celebrating Easter holiday and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred, according to senior police officer Haider Ashraf. He also said the death toll could still rise as many of the wounded were in critical condition.

Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman for Recuse 112, told Reuters most of the victims are women and…

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