Only 2 percent of the population in Pakistan identifies as Christian, according to CNN, which arguably adds more significance to celebrating Christian holidays than in other places. This past Sunday, which was Easter, was no exception. Unfortunately, the holiday saw was hundreds of people, Christian and Muslim alike, being indiscriminately injured or killed in a terrorist attack.
While people were gathered in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city and capital of Punjab, a suicide bomber set off a detonation that killed 69 people and injured more than 341. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of this already terrifying act is that many women and children were among the casualties because of the attack’s setting, a neighborhood park.
Hospitals in the area were flooded with the injured, some of whom were brought in by car or taxi because there were no more ambulances available.
Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Taliban took credit for the attack and claimed that they would continue until Sharia (Islamic law) was practiced throughout the country.
“This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
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