More than 200 held after Pakistan detains 5,000 over Easter bombing

Pakistan has held 216 suspects after a major sweep by the military and the police saw more than 5,000 detained over the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attack.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to crack down on Islamist militants in the country after the attack in Lahore claimed the lives of more than 70 people, including 29 children.

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Political leaders express horror at attack in Lahore

Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his "shock" at the suicide bomb attack in Lahore which has killed 65 people.

He also pledged that the UK "will do what we can to help".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also said his "thoughts" were with the victims and their families.

Taliban claims Lahore bomb and says Christians were target

The Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 65 people in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Easter Day.

Mainly women and children died in the attack which took place at a park. Credit: APTN

In a statement the group said the target of its attack was Pakistan's Christian minority.

The target were Christians.

We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won't be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.

– Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesperson

Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the past decade.

Christians have accused the government of doing little to protect them.


Malala Yousafzai condemns 'senseless' attack in Lahore

At least 65 people, mainly women and children, were killed in the attack. Credit: APTN

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has condemned an attack at a park in Lahore, Pakistan which has killed at least 65 people.

In a statement posted on Twitter she described the bombing as "senseless" and urged Pakistan and the world to unite against terrror.

I am devastated by the senseless killing of innocent people today in Lahore. My heart goes out to the victims and their families and friends.

I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. We stand together with the families of the victims.

Pakistan and the world must unite. Every life is precious and must be protected and respected.

– Malala Yousafzai
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