Lahore Blast: Death toll reaches 72, 300 injured

LAHORE: The death toll of the deadly blast that took place on Sunday evening in Gulshan e Iqbal Park has reached at least 72 while 300 still lie injured, Aaj News reported.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan reached Jinnah Hospital to visit patients in Lahore.

The majority of affected people are related to Christian community of Pakistan, according to the report. Jinnah Hospital has issued a list of affected people in Lahore blast, where many had gathered to celebrate Easter.

With 46 dead bodies taken to Jinnah Hospital, the total of 56 injured people is still under treatment at the hospital. 11 injured people remain unidentified. The scores include 10 women and nine children.

AFP adds that rescue spokeswoman Deeba Shahbaz said the toll had risen to 72 Monday, with 29 children among the dead. Senior police official Haider Ashraf confirmed the number killed, adding the majority of the dead were Muslims.

“Everybody goes to this park,” he said.

After the deadly attack, Lahore authority has closed all recreational parks due to security concerns.

The alleged suicide bomber’s four brothers and an uncle have been taken into custody from Muzaffargarh for interrogation regarding the involvement in terror attack in Lahore on Easter.

The relatives plead no contact with the suicide bomber for two months.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his “grief and sorrow over the sad demise of innocent lives”.

His Indian counterpart Narendra Modi telephoned to say “the people of India stand with their Pakistani brethren in this hour of grief,” state media reported.

Sharif visited Jinnah Hospital to meet Lahore Blast injured people under treatment on Monday morning.