A suicide blast claimed by Islamist militants ripped through crowds of families celebrating Easter at a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore today (March 27, 2016), killing at least 65 people and injuring 300 in an attack the jihadists said had deliberately targeted Christians, according to the Washington Post website.
The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber in the parking lot of Gulshan e-Iqbal Park at about 6:30 p.m., transforming a joyful scene of picnicking families into a spectacle of chaos and horror. Many children were among the dead, local officials said.
A spokesman for the Jamaat ul-Ahrar militant group -- which is an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban -- claimed responsibility for the attack.
"It was our people who attacked the Christians in Lahore, celebrating Easter," the spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said. "It's our message to the government that we will carry out such attacks again until sharia [Islamic law] is imposed in the country."