“The targets were Christians,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the faction, said, threatening that more attacks in the region would follow.
“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.”
Salman Rafique, a health adviser for Punjab’s provincial government, put the death toll at over 60 people.
“There are more than 280 injured people,” Rafique said. “Many are now being treated, and we fear that the death toll may climb considerably.”
Police say the blast had been carried out by a suicide bomber.
“Most of the dead and injured are women and children,” Mustansar Feroz, superintendent of police for the area told Reuters.