Lahore: At least 65 people have been killed and over 300 injured as a result of a suicide attack at Gulshan Iqbal Park, Lahore, on Easter’s evening when the park was crowded with people who were enjoying the holiday. The blast occurred at around 6:40pm PST. A large portion of those who died in the blast include women and children.As a result of the blast, windows of nearby buildings shattered and damage was done to various structures.
8 members of one family, which belonged to Sanghar, died in the blast whereas a father lost his two sons and a nephew in the tragic incident.
DCO Lahore Capt. (r) Muhammad Usman stated that no particular community was targeted in the blast. “The Gulshan Iqbal park belongs to all”, he said.
According to details, the rescue teams and police vehicles reached the scene and those wounded were transported to the Sheikh Zayed Hospital immediately.
According to the police, around 20kg of explosive was used to carry out the blast which also included ball bearings in it to do excessive damage. DIG Operations Haider Ashraf said that the eye witness reports have stated that this was a suicide explosion. The police also state that the age of the suicide bomber who blew himself up was around 20-22 years.
The police sealed the area and are carried out investigation regarding the horrific incident.
Provincial Health Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique appealed to the citizens to donate blood in hospitals.
All public hospitals in the city were placed on emergency after the tragedy took place. Pakistan army troops reached the scene and took control over the entire park.
The media was provided the picture of the identification card of the alleged suicide bomber, who has been registered by the name of Yosaf son of Ghulam Farid. Yosaf belonged to Muzaffargarh ,a district of south Punjab and his year of birth mentioned on the identification card is 1988.