Pakistan

UN’s Ban condemns ‘appalling’ Lahore bombing

NEW YORK: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned an Easter Day suicide bombing in Lahore that killed at least 71 people and injured hundreds more, calling it an “appalling” act of terrorism.

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The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of this appalling terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations.

Ban called on the Islamabad government “to do its utmost to put in place protective measures to ensure the personal security of all individuals, including religious minority communities living in the country.”

The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan.

The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the crowded park as Christians were celebrating Easter, Christendom’s holiest day.

Explosives packed with ball bearings ripped through crowds near a children’s play area in the park in Lahore, leaving dozens dead or bloodied.

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