MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the suicide blast in eastern Pakistan’s Lahore on Sunday calling it "another barbaric act of terrorists."
"We are convinced that the incident will strengthen Islamabad’s determination to continue uncompromising struggle against terrorism and religious extremism," the ministry said in a statement on Monday.
"We expect that organizers of the crime will be swiftly found and face severe punishment," the ministry said, adding that Russia will continue providing support to the counter-terrorism efforts of Pakistan’s government.
The ministry offered condolences to the relatives and friends of those killed and wished a quick recovery to the injured people. No Russian citizens were hurt in the attack.
According to the latest Pakistani media reports, at least 72 people died and more than 300 others were wounded when a suicide bomber hit a public park in Pakistan's east Lahore city on Sunday evening. The attack occurred near a children's playground when the park was more crowded than usual due to the Catholic Easter holiday. There were many families with children and almost no guards at the posts at that moment.
Jamaat ul Ahrar extremist group, making part of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a Pakistani Taliban movement, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.