MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the deadly blast in the city of Lahore on Sunday that claimed dozens of lives, mostly women and children, the Kremlin press service said.
The Russian leader stressed that "this atrocity is another evidence of barbaric and inhuman essence of terrorism that does not have mercy upon anyone to achieve its criminal goals."
"The Russian side supports efforts of Pakistan’s authorities on the fight against terrorist threat and is interested in further boosting international cooperation in anti-terrorism sphere - both at the regional and global level," Putin said, according to the press service.
Putin also expressed confidence that the contractors and perpetrators of the terrorist attack will be punished. He also offered condolences to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
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 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.