28 dead in three blasts in Lahore, Pakistan

Nature of two blasts unknown but one thought to be suicide attack

At least 28 people were killed and 218 others injured after multiple blasts rocked Lahore, Pakistan. The three explosions went off during a Shiite procession in a radius of about 600 meters (2,000 feet). Though the nature of the first and third blasts is not known, the second blast is thought to be the work of a suicide bomber, whose head was found at the scene. Extra security measures had been put in place for the procession, but Khusro Pervez, a senior government official, says, “It was a security lapse. At the end of the procession, security should have been more vigilant.” Pakistan is a largely Sunni Muslim nation, and the attack on Shiite Muslims conjures the long-standing tensions between the two groups in the Middle East and Asia.


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