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Pakistan bombing: 70 people killed on Sunday in public park

70 people, many of them women and children, were killed by an explosion in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province in Pakistan. About 280 people were injured in suicide bombing.
Pakistan bombing: 70 people killed on Sunday in public park

Sunday’s suicide bombing on a public park was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction, which once declared loyalty to Islamic State. The group said it was targeting Christians, Reuters reports.

The brutality of the attack, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’s fifth bombing since December, reflects the movement’s attempts to raise its profile among Pakistan’s increasingly fractured Islamist militants.

At least 29 children enjoying an Easter weekend outing were among those killed when the suicide bomber struck in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore, the power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than two million.

Pakistani officials said on Monday they will launch a paramilitary crackdown on Islamist militants in Punjab.

It was Pakistan’s deadliest attack since the December 2014 massacre of 134 school children at a military-run academy in the city of Peshawar that prompted a government crackdown on Islamist militancy.