Bombing at Pakistan park shows “utter contempt for humanity”

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Mogens Lykketoft is the UN General Assembly President. UN File Photo: Amanda Voisard.

A  suicide bombing at a park in Pakistan on Sunday that killed and injured scores of people has been condemned by the United Nations.

More than 60 people died and hundreds more were wounded in the blast at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the city of Lahore, in the east of the country.

A faction of the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted Christians.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park reportedly was filled with families who were out celebrating Easter when the bombing occurred on Sunday evening.

Many of the victims were women and children.

The UN Secretary-General has called for those responsible for the bombing to be brought to justice.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon expressed his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families.

He urged the Pakistani Government to "do its utmost" to implement measures to ensure the personal safety of all citizens, including religious minorities.

The President of the UN General Assembly has also issued a statement expressing his dismay over the incident.

Mogens Lykketoft said targeting innocent people, including families, showed an "utter contempt for humanity."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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