72 feared dead in Pakistan suicide bombing, as the world pays tribute to the victims
The Easter Sunday suicide bomb attack in a park in Pakistan has left at least 72 people dead, many of them believed to be children.
The Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attack in Lahore, the largest city in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province. The bombers said they were targeting families celebrating Easter.
Pakistan's prime minister Nawaz Sharif has promised "swift action" against those responsible.
Meanwhile, the regional government in Lahore has announced three days of mourning, with more than half of the victims reported to be women and young children.
— Diario La R (@diariolaruy) March 28, 2016
Confusion escalated on Sunday as thousands of Facebook users worldwide were alerted via an urgent message from Facebook suggesting that they were in Lahore and asking if they were OK.
I am not in Lahore, Facebook. pic.twitter.com/cqKfYGB6Sl
— Left Inside (@leftoutside) March 27, 2016
Meanwhile, actual Lahore residents crowded several downtown hospitals to donate blood to victims of the blast. A local ride-sharing company, Careem, began offering free rides to hospital for passengers wishing to help.
David Cameron and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai were among those leading tributes to the victims of the attack.
PM: I'm shocked by the terrorist attack in Lahore. My thoughts are with the families & friends of the victims. We'll do what we can to help.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 27, 2016
— Malala Fund (@MalalaFund) March 27, 2016
— diplo (@diplo) March 27, 2016