60 Killed, 300 Injured in Bomb Blast at a Park in Pakistan

March 27, 2016 Updated: March 27, 2016
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ISLAMABAD—A bomb blast in a park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday has killed 60 people and wounded 300, a Punjab government spokesman said.

Many of the injured are in a critical condition, Salman Rafiq, a health adviser to the chief minister of Punjab province said.

The explosion took place near the children’s rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park, local police chief Haider Ashraf said. He said the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing.

Pakistani relatives bring an injured child to the hospital in Lahore on March 27, 2016, after at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani relatives bring an injured child to the hospital in Lahore on March 27, 2016, after 60 people were killed and 300 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

The area was crowded with Christians celebrating the Easter holidays, and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred, Ashraf said.

Ashraf said the park was manned by police guards and private security guards. “We are in a warlike situation and there is always a general threat but no specific threat alert was received for this place,” he added.

Pakistani relatives brings an injured woman to the hospital in Lahore on March 27, 2016, after at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani relatives brings an injured woman to the hospital in Lahore on March 27, 2016, after 60 people were killed and 300 injured when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Footage broadcast on local television stations showed chaotic scenes in the park, with people running while carrying children and cradling the wounded in their laps.

A witness, not identified by name on Pakistan’s Geo TV station, said he was heading toward a ride with his wife and two children when he heard a huge bang and all four of them were thrown to the floor.

Pakistani rescuers and officials gather at a bomb blast site in Lahore on March 27, 2016. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani rescuers and officials gather at a bomb blast site in Lahore on March 27, 2016. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistani women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Lahore on March 27, 2016. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani women mourn the death of relatives after a bomb blast in Lahore on March 27, 2016. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)