An Islamic suicide bomber attacked the capital of Pakistan over the Easter Sunday. The explosion happened in one of the biggest public parks in the country and is believed to have been targeting Christian families who had picnicked at the garden to celebrate Easter. The bombing has left over 230 wounded while 72 have been confirmed dead thus far.
The Taliban splinter cell in the country, Jamaat Ul-Ahrar has taken credit for the attack. The country has long suffered from such extremist groups. “It was our people who attacked the Christians in Lahore, celebrating Easter, ” said a spokesperson from Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar. “It’s our message to the government that we will carry out such attacks again until sharia is imposed in the country.”
The prime minister of Pakistan quickly rushed to the area which is also a strong political hold to pay his respect. He stated that the goal of the country was not to remove just the extremist groups but the extremist mindset. He believes that the mindset is the main culprit of too many extremist groups and not what it stands for.
Reports are claiming that the bomber is a 26-year old man called Muhammad Yousaf Farid. Forensic investigations confirm that his bombing vest had about 20 pounds of explosives in it. The explosives were also packed with ball bearings a technique used to ensure maximum death toll by suicide bombers targeting an open place. With so many victims the government of Pakistan is offering free rides to individuals who wish to donate blood for the victims.