Published On: Sun, Mar 27th, 2016

Lahore bombing death toll rises to 60

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LAHORE: At least 60 people were killed and scores of others were wounded when a suicide bomber ripped through a crowded park in Lahore on Sunday, officials said.

Children and women were also among the victims while three of the deceased belonged to a same family.

The explosion took place at parking lot of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, where more than 200 people including women and children were said to be present.

The park was packed with people due to weekly holiday.

Dr Haider Ashraf, DIG Operations, confirmed that it was a suicide attack.

According to Rescue sources, at least 50 injured people were shifted to nearby hospitals, where emergency was declared.

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The death toll is feared to go up as some of those wounded are in critical condition.

Around 22 people, three of them children, were shifted to Jinnah Hospital while 25 were rushed to Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

Emergency was declared in all hospitals of the city and security was put on high alert.

An eyewitness told that a stampede broke out after the explosion and many children were separated from their parents.

According to security sources, upper body of the suspected bomber was still intact and that he could be easily identified.

Dr Ahmed Raza, District Emergency Officer of Rescue services, confirmed the death of 60 people in the blast.

In a press statement, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the terrorist attack and expressed sympathy with the families of the victims.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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