Lahore Easter bombing

This item appears on page 15 of the May 2016 issue.

A suicide bomber targeted a group of Christians celebrating Easter at a children’s playground in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 27, killing 76 people and injuring at least 300 others. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Taliban, an Islamist militant and political group, claimed responsibility for the attack. Despite the group’s claim that they specifically were targeting Christians, the majority of the dead were identified as Muslim.

Lahore is the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Punjab province. Christians make up a minority group in the predominately Muslim country.