Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday strongly condemned the suicide blast that killed scores of people and injured hundreds of others in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded park in Lahore on Sunday evening, killing at least 65 people and injuring 280 others, according to Salman Rafiq, health minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
"I strongly condemn the terror attack that happened in the Lahore city of Pakistan," said Erdogan in a written statement issued by the presidency.
According to police, the bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest in a crowded area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, located in a northern district of Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city and the regional capital of Punjab province.
"The attack, which took place at an amusement park packed with families, especially children, has revealed terror's face, which does not know limits and values," said Erdogan. "This attack is an examination for all countries to provide their sincere stance in the face of terror.”
Erdogan offered his condolences to families of victims, his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
In a statement, Jamaat ul Ahrar, a group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bombing.