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LAHORE: Terrorism revisited the provincial capital after a year on Sunday as a suicide bomber blew himself up in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, a recreation facility thronged by a large number of people on weekends, killing at least 72 people, including women and children, and injuring more than 300 others.

The powerful blast ripped through massively crowded area of the park adjacent to Gate 1 which houses swings, train and some other attractions for children. Witnesses said the crowd included a large number of Christian families celebrating Easter.

A majority of the dead and injured were children and women, according to the Rescue 1122 and police officials.

A number of arrests were made during raids following the attack, Inter-Services Public Relations said on Monday.

An injured man from the bomb blast talks on his cell phone at a local hospital in Lahore.─AP
An injured man from the bomb blast talks on his cell phone at a local hospital in Lahore.─AP
Rescuers and officials gather at the bomb blast site in Lahore.─AFP
Rescuers and officials gather at the bomb blast site in Lahore.─AFP
A woman weeps for her injured family members as she tries to speak to security at a local hospital in Lahore.─AP
A woman weeps for her injured family members as she tries to speak to security at a local hospital in Lahore.─AP
Men mourn the death of their relatives after the blast outside a public park in Lahore.─Reuters
Men mourn the death of their relatives after the blast outside a public park in Lahore.─Reuters
Relatives shift an injured bomb blast victim into a hospital after the bomb blast.─AFP
Relatives shift an injured bomb blast victim into a hospital after the bomb blast.─AFP
Relatives mourn over the body of a victim during a funeral following an overnight suicide bombing in Lahore on March 28, 2016.─AFP
Relatives mourn over the body of a victim during a funeral following an overnight suicide bombing in Lahore on March 28, 2016.─AFP
Rescuers use a stretcher to shift a body from a bomb blast site.─AFP
Rescuers use a stretcher to shift a body from a bomb blast site.─AFP
A boy mourns over the death of his relative in a bomb blast, at a local hospital in Lahore.─AP
A boy mourns over the death of his relative in a bomb blast, at a local hospital in Lahore.─AP
Relatives of injured victims gather outside the hospital in Lahore.─AFP
Relatives of injured victims gather outside the hospital in Lahore.─AFP
Security officials collect evidence at the cordoned-off site of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore on March 28, 2016.─AFP
Security officials collect evidence at the cordoned-off site of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore on March 28, 2016.─AFP
Security officials examine the cordoned-off site of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore on March 28, 2016.─AP
Security officials examine the cordoned-off site of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore on March 28, 2016.─AP

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S. Chatterjee Mar 28, 2016 02:26pm

The heartrending photos with news item has shocked me as innocent persons were killed. I do not understand why innocents are killed and such killers anywhere in the world are not human beings. I pray God for early recuperation of injured persons and those who were killed may their soul rest in peace.

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Mar 28, 2016 02:36pm

My heart is crying with blood. These cowards can't fight with man and just target innocent children and women..

munna Mar 28, 2016 02:41pm

Pakistan please action against all terrorist group otherwise whole Pakistan sink into terrorism.

Indian Mar 28, 2016 03:48pm

Tears have come to my eyes. Condolences from India. I hope you kill all terrorists

Liberal Overseas Mar 28, 2016 06:17pm

when they target your weakest point. it means they are loosing Long Live Pakistan and the people of Pakistan!

Shehz Mar 28, 2016 08:56pm

Same group took responsibility for the youhanabad incident, PMLn will live in denial untill the end of their term.

Ahsan Gul Mar 28, 2016 09:20pm

God curse those who have no respect for lives. What kind of Muslims are they? This carnage and hatred has to stop or Pakistan will have anarchy soon. May Allaha bless their souls and give patience to their loved ones.

Yousuf Mar 29, 2016 08:21pm

What is this world coming to hate of other human beings just because of their religion. However they forget sooner or later they will be answering to someone in who's eyes all human being are same . I pray to God may their sole Rest In Peace.