Bruneians in Pakistan safe after Lahore bombing
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ALL Bruneians living in Pakistan have been declared safe after a suicide bomb ripped through a popular park in Lahore Sunday night, killing at least 70 people and injuring 300.
Brunei High Commissioner to Pakistan Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Mahmud Hj Saidin said no Bruneians were injured in the incident.
“All officers and their families at the High Commission in Islamabad, plus one family in Lahore, have been contacted and are safe,” he told state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Brunei yesterday.
Dato Hj Mahmud urged any Brunei citizens in need of assistance or further information to contact the High Commission at +92 321 535 0888.
Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction loosely affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, which was aimed at the country’s minority Christians celebrating Easter at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park.
However, most of those who died in the attack were Muslims, many of them women and children.
A spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told Pakistani media that the group wanted to send a message to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that they “have entered Lahore”, and threatened further attacks. Sunday’s attack was the group’s fifth bombing since December.
The government of Punjab declared three days of mourning yesterday, closing markets, schools and courts.
The Brunei Times