Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan Credit Magdalena Wolnik CNA 12 17 14 A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan. / Magdalena Wolnik/CNA.

A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded. 

Many women and children were among those killed and injured, reports said.

A local branch of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the March 27 attack at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.

Lahore's top administration official, Muhammad Usman, told AFP that the death toll had reached 65, with the army's rescue operation continuing. 

In addition, more than 300 people were wounded, according to the Associated Press. 

Local officials said the attack appeared to be a suicide bombing, which took place near children's rides at the park.

Several Catholic leaders responded to news of the attack with calls for prayer.

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