Just within days of the twin terrorist attack on Brussels, a suicide bomber has killed at least 38 people, mostly women and children, outside a public park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, according to rescue officials and police.
The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, just outside the exit gate and a few feet (metres) away from children's swings.
"At least 38 people were killed and more than 100 are injured," Mustansar Feroz, superintendent of police for the area said, according to Reuters.
"Most of the dead and injured are women and children", Supt. Feroz added.
Other reports also suggest the death to have risen to 52 and the injured to 150.
Lahore is in the heartlands of the Punjab region, the political stronghold of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose opponents are reported to have accused him of supporting militancy in order to maintain the relative peace in the region.