Death toll in Sunday's blast rises to 72, over 300 injured
Lahore: The death toll in Lahore bomb blast has risen to 72 which included mostly women and children. While the Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar had claimed responsibility for the attack, as many as 15 persons including brothers of suicide bomber Yusuf, resident of Muzaffarnagar in Pakistan, were taken into the custody by the Counter Terrorism Department of Pakistan police.
The blast had taken place in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal public park on Sundayevening which claimed 72 lives and injured over 300 people. The attack was planned at the time when the Christian residents of the city had gathered to celebrate Easter.
- Pakistan Police has confirmed it to be a suicide bomb attack.
- "The death toll has risen to 72 and rescue operations still continue," stated a rescue official.
- The bomber has been identified as Yousuf, a resident of Muzzafarnagr.
- The brothers of the suspect have been taken into custody along with 15 other suspects by the Counter
- Taliban splinter group took the blast's responsibility.
- Prime Minister Modi condemns the blast act