Pakistan Park Attack Targeting Christians Kills 65, Mostly Children


abc NEWS reports,The death toll has climbed to 65 after a suicide bomber attacked a busy park in Lahore, Pakistan, where Christians were celebrating Easter. Most of the dead are children, officials said.


Over 300 people are injured, a spokesman for Lahore rescue administration said, according to The AP.

"When the blast occurred, the flames were so high they reached above the trees and I saw bodies flying in the air," Hasan Imran, 30, told Reuters.

The U.S. condemned the attacks in a statement from National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price on Sunday.

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan," the statement said. "This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed, just as our thoughts and prayers are with the many injured in the explosion.

"The United States stands with the people and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region, as together we will be unyielding in our efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism."

Sunday's attack comes less than a week after several ISIS terrorists bombed an airport and subway station in Brussels, killing 31 and injuring 270.