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Pakistanis Mourn After Deadly Easter Bombing
At least 72 people were killed, mostly women and children, after a bomber targeted Christians celebrating Easter in Lahore, Pakistan.
A group of women stands outside the public park on the day after a suicide bomb blast in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 28. More than 320 were injured.
"Mostly women and children are killed and injured in the blast," Lahore Police Chief Haider Ashraf said, adding that the park was busier than usual as Easter Sunday was being celebrated. "He chose a soft target and that's why he went towards women and children in the park."
Above: A mother holds her injured child who survived Sunday's bombing attack in Lahore on March 28.
"Members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter today were our prime target," TTP-JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told NBC News from an undisclosed location while using an Afghan cell number. He added: "We didn't want to kill women and children. Our targets were male members of the Christian community."
Above: Pakistani Christians mourn a relative killed in the blast.
People carry a coffin of one of the victims during a funeral a day after a suicide bomb attack at a park in Lahore. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population of more than 2 million. This attack was the deadliest in Pakistan since the December 2014 massacre of 134 school children at a military run academy in the city of Peshawar that prompted a major government crackdown on Islamist militancy.