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Pakistani Attack: Taliban says it targeted Christians


<p>The Pakistani Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attack in Lahore that has so far killed 72 people with more than 300 injured. </p> <p>The group specifically pointed out they were targeting the Christian community. </p> <p>According to Lahore’s Deputy Police Inspector Haider Ashraf, majority of those killed and injured in the attack were Muslims. </p> <p>“The score stands at 72 this Monday morning,” he said. </p> <p>The blast occurred in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park near the city center where minority Christians celebrated Easter Sunday. </p> <p>29 children, 7 women and 36 men are recorded to have been killed in the blast according to an emergency official. </p> <p>A witness, whose house is located meters from across the park described the explosion was huge. “Everything was shaking, there were screams and dust everywhere,” the witness said. </p> <p>This is not the first attack in Pakistan with infant casualties. In December 2014, Taliban militants attacked a school in Peshawar that left at least 154 dead. </p> <p>A double suicide bombing by the same group against churches in Lahore left 17 people dead in March 2015. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ban Ki-moon condemns appalling terror attack in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pakistan?src=hash">#Pakistan</a>: <a href="https://t.co/arqPmaYwZH">https://t.co/arqPmaYwZH</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/UNIC_Pakistan"><code>UNIC_Pakistan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LahoreBlast?src=hash">#LahoreBlast</a></p>&mdash; UN Spokesperson (</code>UN_Spokesperson) <a href="https://twitter.com/UN_Spokesperson/status/714281533629206528">March 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon has described the attack as a ‘terrible act of terrorism,’ and Punjab’s chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has also announced three days of mourning, pledging to bring the perpetrators to justice.</p>

The score stands at 72 this Monday morning

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