Taliban group claim responsibility for attack in Lahore

Taliban group claim responsibility for attack in Lahore

- Pakistan Taliban group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the latest attack

- Ehansullah Ehsan, the spokesperson for the radical group told the media it was behind the attack

- The explosion left 60 dead and scores injured in an attack at a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore

- Pakistani officials say the explosion appears to have been at the main gate to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park

Taliban group claim responsibility for attack in Lahore

The attack was targeted on a crowded area

Pakistan Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Pakistani City of Lahore, which has left 60 people dead.

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Ehansullah Ehsan, the spokesperson for the radical group told local and Western media it was behind the attack.

"We claim responsibility for the attack on Christians as they were celebrating Easter,” he told Pakistan's Express Tribune.

The explosion also left scores injured in an attack at a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore which is the capital of Punjab.

Punjab is said to house the country’s largest and wealthiest province and the political powerbase of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

According to Pakistani officials, the explosion appears to have been at the main gate to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in an area where cars are usually left - and a short distance from the children's swings.

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At the time of the incident, the park was crowded with families and most of the victims are said to be women and children.

A man told Pakistan's Geo TV that he was going to a fairground ride with his wife and two children when he heard a huge bang and all four of them were thrown to the floor.

Most of the major hospitals in the area have been put on emergency alert as stampede and children separating from their parents as a result of the gory attack on the park which had many families visiting.

Many residents said they saw the flames high above the trees and bodies flying in the air.

Pakistan has suffered regular attacks of Taliban-related violence, sectarian conflict and criminal gang activity.

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In a recent attack on the capital, Islamabad, police had to fire incessant tear gas at thousands of protesters who marched in support of Islamist gunman Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged last month for the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer five years ago.

Mr Taseer had defended a Christian woman jailed on blasphemy charges.

A health adviser has told the regional government more than 280 people had been injured and the number feared dead could rise further.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government has announced three days of mourning after condemning the attack.

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