A public appeals for blood donations to the hundreds of victims was made.A large number of members of the Christian community celebrating the holy day were present in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore. It seems that Christians were targeted. The suicide bomber was aged between 25 to 30, according the police. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), headed by Maulvi Omar Khalid Khurasani, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The group’s spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, called media and said this was the first of series of attacks the group had planned this year in different parts of the country. Punjab Health Minister Salman Rafique said officials had declared emergencies in all the hospitals of Lahore to better handle the injured. Three days of mourning were dec;ared in the province.