LAHORE / ISLAMABAD: At least 65 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a suicide bomb ripped through the parking space of a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday, officials said.
Dozens of ambulances were seen racing to the park, situated near the centre of the city with many women and children among the dead and wounded.
“The toll has risen to 65. The rescue operation is continuing,” an official of the Punjab government told Express News.
The army had been called in, he said, and soldiers were at the scene helping with rescue operations and security.
A medical superintendent at Jinnah Hospital, who gave his name only as Dr Ashraf, told AFP more than 40 dead bodies had arrived at the hospital
“The number of injured stands at more than 200 people, most of them are in critical condition,” he said. I fear the death toll will rise.”
He described a nightmarish scene at the hospital, with staff treating casualties on floors and in corridors.