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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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Paramilitary crackdown to commence in Pakistan

Forensic experts inspect the scene of the bombing Credit: Reuters

Pakistan will launch a special paramilitary crackdown in the wake of last night's suicide bombings in Lahore.

Military sources said the government had granted them special powers to fight Islamist militants in Punjab, the country's most-populous province.

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