People from across the globe posted thoughts and prayers for victims of the attack
Terrorism shook the world for the third time in less than a week on Sunday, with a suicide bombing that killed at least 65 at a park in Lahore, Pakistan prompting a global outpouring of grief and solidarity.
Global heads of state, leaders and prominent personalities joined thousands of others in extending their thoughts and prayers to the tragedy-stricken South Asian nation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to condemn the attack on Twitter, reportedly calling his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as well, with several other leaders including French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron following suit.
Heard about the blast in Lahore. I strongly condemn it. My condolences to families of the deceased & prayers with the injured: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 27, 2016
A la suite de l’attentat à Lahore au Pakistan, j’exprime au peuple du Pakistan toute la solidarité de la France dans ces moments douloureux.
— François Hollande (@fhollande) March 27, 2016
Translation: “Following the attack in Lahore, Pakistan, I express to the people of Pakistan the solidarity of France in these painful moments.”
I’m shocked by the terrorist attack in Lahore. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. We will do what we can to help.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 27, 2016
Indonesia mengutuk keras serangan bom di Lahore. Teror atas nama apapun tidak dibenarkan. Dukacita mendalam utk korban, rakyat Pakistan -Jkw
— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) March 28, 2016
Translation: “Indonesia strongly condemns the bomb attack in Lahore. Terror in any name cannot be justified. Deep condolences to the victims and people of Pakistan.”
U.S. presidential candidates John Kasich, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders all issued statements denouncing the attack, for which a faction of the Taliban extremist group has claimed responsibility.
We are grieving today for the families affected by the deplorable attack in Lahore. No one should ever fear taking their children to a park.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 27, 2016
Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan, targeting Christian women & children. At least 67 dead,400 injured. I alone can solve
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2016
Thousands of netizens also added their voices to the chorus of sadness and anger, even as hundreds of others reportedly thronged Lahore hospitals to donate blood for the more than 300 injured by the bombing. Many of them used the hashtag #PrayForPakistan.
What kind of a sick world are we living in ? Disgusting .. Heart and prayers go out for Lahore.. Ya Allah rehem 😔
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 27, 2016
The Lahore attack comes just days after coordinated attacks in Belgium’s capital city Brussels killed more than 30 people on Tuesday and injured almost 200 others and a suicide bomb at a soccer stadium near Baghdad killed 41 people and wounded 105 on Friday.
— With reporting by Yenni Kwok