Taliban faction says carried out suicide bomb attack on Pakistan park, says Christians were target

by Reuters
Sunday, 27 March 2016 18:44 GMT

Rescue workers move a body from the site of a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan March 27 (Reuters) - The Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 65 people in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, saying the target of its attack was Muslim Pakistan's small Christian minority.

"The target were Christians," said a spokesman for the faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan. "We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won't be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks."

Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the past decade. Christians have accused the government of doing little to protect them. (Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar; writing by Mehreen Zahra-Malik; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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