• publish: 28 March 2016
  • time: 12:15 am
  • category: International
  • No: 3664

President Ghani condemns Pakistan suicide attack as casualties toll nears 400

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned a deadly suicide attack in Pakistan as the casualties toll has almost reached to 400 people.

In an online statement released by the Office of the President, Ghani said “The Government of Afghanistan condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Lahore, Pakistan in which many innocent civilians lost their lives.”

The statement further added “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, people and Government of Pakistan.”

“We reiterate that the scourge of terrorism has no boundaries & must thus be confronted jointly through increased regional cooperation,” the statement added.

At least 69 people have been killed and 280 injured after a Taliban-linked suicide bomber struck a crowd of largely Christian families at a recreational park in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday night.

Reuters reports that the bomber struck a parking area outside the park, and most of the dead and injured were women and children, according to a local police superintendent.

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Associated Press, adding that they were specifically targeting the country’s small Christian minority.

Lahore is in Punjab, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest province, as well as the political power base of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Punjab government has closed all parks in the province as a result of the evening bombing, and the main shopping centers in the area were also shuttered. Three days of official mourning have been announced in the province.

Two Christian churches in Lahore were bombed during Sunday mass a year ago, killing 15 people and injuring at least 70. The Punjab government eventually linked that attack to the Taliban.

According to the local media reports, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the parking space of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.

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