Update: Death toll risen to 86
Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore blast killed over 70 while injuring close to 300 people.
A suicide attack in Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore, a public park in the largest city of Punjab, has reportedly killed over 70 people while injuring over 250. These numbers were confirmed by sources in hospitals and police. It is reported however that the reported numbers may be significantly less than the actual toll. A suicide bomber blew himself up just outside the exit gate of the Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore. The park is visited by thousands of people, including women and children, every day. The dead and injured were moved to the hospitals soon thereafter. According to several reports, most of the casualties were those of women and children.
Police, bomb disposal squads, and the Pakistan army reached the park at Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore soon after the explosion. The exact nature of the blast is currently unknown however it is being considered a suicide blast. While speaking with media, the District Coordination Officer (DCO) of Lahore, Captain Usman stated that while the attack may have taken place on the Easter day, Christian community was not the target of this brutal attack. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief over the attack at Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan stated,
I strongly condemn the terror attack in Lahore in which our innocent citizens including women and children lost their lives.
Certain speculations over the attack at Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore suggest that the capture of Indian intelligence (RAW) agent in Pakistan and the attack are related. At this point however, these are mere speculations. Pakistan is in a state of constant war against terrorism under the Operation Zarb e Azb, an operation focused on eradicating terrorist elements from within the country. Owing to said Operation, Pakistan has seen tremendous reduction in terrorist attacks in the country. The incident at Gulshan e Iqbal Lahore is a sad one, and the perpetrators will be brought to justice.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.