People are sharing #PrayForPakistan after explosion leaves 69 dead and 300 injured

Mostly women and children were injured in the attack on Easter Sunday

 

People across the world are sharing messages of solidarity after at least 69 people were killed and 300 others injured after an explosion at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan.

A senior police officer told Reuters that mostly women and children were injured in the blast, which appeared to be a suicide bomber. 

Jamaat-e-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The group was targeting members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter, a spokesman told multiple press agencies.

Shortly after the tragedy unfolded, people began sharing images of the Pakistani flag and a sketch of the Minar-e-Paristan, similar to Eiffel Tower’s image shared after the Paris Attacks.

Others wondered if there would have been more media coverage and stronger political responses had a European country been attacked.

And some tweeted images of the Eiffel Tower lit up in colours similar to Pakistani’s national flag, but the photos appear to be taken after South Africa’s 2007 Rugby World Cup win.

 

 

The Independent has reached out to reps at the Eiffel Tower for comment.

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