LAHORE: The death toll from yesterday’s suicide attack in Lahore has reached 72, including 23 children, Samaa reported.
According to officials, the blast also injured 325 people, most of them women and children. They are under treatment at different hospitals of Lahore.
Dozens of people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter.
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif on Monday morning visited Lahore’s Jinnah hospital and inquired after health of those injured.
On the other hand, investigator continued their hunt for the attackers, as they collected evidences from the scene.
Reports said forensic experts have collected remains of the suspected bomber.
Meanwhile, security agencies raided house of the suspected attacker in Punjab’s Muzaffargarh area, arresting his three brothers and some relatives.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his grief and sorrow over the sad demise of innocent lives.
His Indian counterpart Narendra Modi telephoned to say “the people of India stand with their Pakistani brethren in this hour of grief,” state media reported.
The US labelled the incident “cowardly”, while Pakistan’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai tweeted: “Pakistan and the world must unite. Every life is precious and must be respected and protected.”
DG ISPR Lt Gen. Asim Bajwa said intelligence agencies were chasing all leads. – Samaa/Agencies