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Explosion At Park In Lahore Kills At Least 30


At least 30 people have died in an explosion in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, according to local police. Scores more are reportedly injured.
The blast struck a big public park in western Lahore, crowded with people enjoying a spring evening, NPR's Philip Reeves reports from ISlamabad.
A police officer told the Associated Press that many families were leaving the park at the time of the explosion.
Reuters reports that, according to a superintendent of police for the area, the casualties included many women and children.
"The park's in the west of Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city — and, historically, the nation's cultural capital," Phil says. "Islamists have attacked it regularly over the years, but for many months Pakistan's army and security services have been carrying out a big military operation against militant groups - especially aimed at the Taliban in the mountains bordering Afghanistan.
"As violence dipped, the people of Pakistan began to relax. Business picked up — and, in Lahore, tourists started to return."
Today's attack, he says, is "another reminder that the conflict in Pakistan is far from over."
This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.
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