Lahore bombing toll rises to 31

Pakistan begins a three-day mourning period

The death toll in Pakistan after bomb attacks at a Shia Muslim procession has risen to 31, with at least 170 injured. A three-day period of mourning has begun in Pakistan in response to the three bombings. At least two of the attacks were suicide bombings, which the Pakistani Taliban says it carried out to avenge the killing of a Sunni leader last year. Lahore has been at the centre of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias, but the floods that ravaged Pakistan led to a lull in fighting. “This is the holy month. No-one can dare think of carrying out such things,” Lahore resident Mohammad Ammar said. “We strongly condemn it. At least one should think that it kills innocent people, innocent children. It should never happen.”

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