Working Correspondent – Patrick Spizarny
Easter Day Bombing in Lahore, Pakistan
27 March 2016
- On March 27, 2016, a suicide bomber killed at least 65 people in Lahore, Pakistan. The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack. End Summary.
- Media estimates say at least 65 are dead and between 280 and 300 people are injured. A doctor at Jinnah Hospital stated 138 victims are in critical condition. The explosion occurred in a parking lot outside Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.
- Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter from the Pakistan Taliban, claimed the attack was against Christians and their celebration of Easter. Muhammad Usman, Lahore’s District Coordination Officer, stated the attack did not target Christians specifically. Usman also stated there was no prior intelligence of the attack.
- Police identified Yousuf, son of Ghulam Farid, a resident from Muzzafargarh and born January 1, 1988 is the suspected bomber. Police obtained the name from an identification card found near part of the suspected bomber’s body.
- Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement saying intelligence and security officials met, but did not offer any specifics on the government’s response to the attacks.