Bomb blast outside park in Pakistan’s Lahore, at least 50 killed, over 100 hurt

The explosion took place inside a children’s Park known as Gulshan-i-Iqbal at Iqbal Town here. A large number of families, especially women and children, were present when the blast took place.

However, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that at lest 53 people are dead in what appears to be suicide blast.

It also quoted Iqbal Town Superintendent of Police Dr Muhammad Iqbal as saying that the explosion was a suicide attack.

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“At least 10 people have been killed in a blast outside Gulshan-i-Iqba​l Park,” Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman for Recuse 112 told Reuters, adding that more than 100 people were injured and had been taken to various hospitals in the city.

Most of the injured are women and children, Hussain added.

Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 190 million people, is plagued by a Taliban insurgency, criminal gangs and sectarian violence. Punjab is its biggest and wealthiest province.

Today’s incident reminds of December 16, 2014, Peshawar school massacre. Seven gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) had conducted a terrorist attack on the Army Public School in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar and killed 141 people, including 132 schoolchildren, ranging between eight and eighteen years of age.

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