Massive Explosion Hits Lahore, 70 Killed

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Update:  Pak newspaper Dawn reports 70 people dead in what appears to be a suicide blast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the blast and offered condolence for the victims. Malala Yousufzai condemned the Lahore blast.

Lahore: A loud explosion was heard in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park area of Iqbal Town killing 5 people and injuring 30 others, reported Reuters. Casualties may rise further said officials.

The area has been cordoned off. Police say they are trying to determine the nature of the blast.

Employees of the park say the park was packed with people since it was Sunday and Easter Day.

Witnesses said there were pools of blood and scattered body parts in the park, where a large number of families, especially women and children, were enjoying their  weekend.

Rescue 1122 spokesman confirmed that an emergency call was received at around 6:44pm and that 23 ambulances are present at the site.

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