The explosion took place near the children's rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park — which was crowded with Christians celebrating Easter —local police chief Haider Ashraf said. He said the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing.
Lahore district government official Mohammad Usman said he believed the park was struck because it is a "soft target," and not because of the Christian celebrations. He did not elaborate.
Whether or not this attack was meant to kill people for being Christians there is no doubt that if, as appears to be the case, it was a suicide bombing then the perpetrators would have to have intended to kill and maim large numbers of women and children. There really are no adequate words to describe how evil that is.
May all the victims rest in peace.
We do not yet know whether this attack was carried out in the name of any religion, but if it was, the people concerned have perverted that religion and we need to do everything in our power to defeat that kind of perversion.