A suicide bomber detonated explosives in a crowded public park in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 27, 2016, killing at least 70 people, including about 30 children, and wounding more than 300. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, whose spokesman said that the group had sought to target Christians celebrating Easter in the park. Despite the group’s stated intention to kill Christians, most of the dead and wounded were Muslims. Christians are only a small percentage of the population of Pakistan, but they have been the targets of a series of attacks by Islamist militants in recent years.
The attack was condemned by government officials, who vowed to hunt down those responsible. Within hours after the explosion, a number of suspects had been arrested by the authorities.
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