11-Year-Old Boy Among 70 Killed in Terror Attack at Pakistan Park

PHOTO: Family members of Pakistani Christian boy Sahil Pervez, mourn his death, in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016.PlayB.K. Bangash/AP Photo
WATCH Pakistan Attack Targeting Christians Leaves 70 Dead

An 11-year-old boy who pleaded with his mother to take him to the park was one of the many young victims of a suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday.

The devastating attack was near the children's rides at the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, where Christians were celebrating Easter.

Today marks the start of a three-day mourning period in Pakistan.

The Associated Press reported that 11-year-old Sahil Pervez, who was in fifth-grade at a nearby Catholic school, begged his mother, Shama Pervez, to take him to the park. She eventually gave in.

Shama Pervez, a widow, was "inconsolable" during funeral prayers, the AP reported.

PHOTO: People carry the coffin of Sahil Pervez who was killed in a bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016.B.K. Bangash/AP Photo
People carry the coffin of Sahil Pervez who was killed in a bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016.

PHOTO: The grandmother of a Pakistani Christian boy named Sahil Pervez, mourns his death, at a church in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016.B.K. Bangash/AP Photo
The grandmother of a Pakistani Christian boy named Sahil Pervez, mourns his death, at a church in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016.

A man identified by his first name, Afzal, told the AP that he took 20 children to the hospital and carried three dead bodies to a police car.

The death toll from the attack reached 70 today. At least 300 others are injured.

PHOTO: Pakistani relatives bring an injured child to the hospital in Lahore, on March 27, 2016, when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter.AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani relatives bring an injured child to the hospital in Lahore, on March 27, 2016, when an apparent suicide bomb ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter.

PHOTO: Pakistani Christians mourn the death of a blast victim of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore, Pakistan on March 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Pakistani Christians mourn the death of a blast victim of the March 27 suicide bombing, in Lahore, Pakistan on March 28, 2016.

Pakistan's Prime Minister has canceled his trip to Washington, D.C., for the Nuclear Security Summit in the wake of the attack.

The prime minister spent today in Lahore where he met with grieving families and visited the injured in hospitals.

PHOTO: People who were injured in a suicide bomb attack receive medical treatment at a hospital on March 28, 2016, in Lahore, Pakistan. Omaer Saleem/EPA
People who were injured in a suicide bomb attack receive medical treatment at a hospital on March 28, 2016, in Lahore, Pakistan.

Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the terrorist group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, told the AP that a suicide bomber from the group was targeting the Christian community. But the AP reported that most of the victims were Muslims.

The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman warned that more attacks would follow.

Pope Francis was among those who condemned the attack.

"Violence and homicidal hate lead only to pain and destruction," Francis said in Italian today while overlooking a crowded St. Peter’s square for Easter Monday’s noontime prayer. "Respect and fraternity are the only way to reach peace.

"The Lord’s Easter brings to us, in a stronger way, the prayer to God that these violent hands that spread terror and death are stopped and that love, justice and reconciliation can reign in the world.”

PHOTO: People cry during the funeral of their loved ones a day after a suicide bomb attack at a park on March 28, 2016, in Lahore, Pakistan.Rahat Dar/EPA
People cry during the funeral of their loved ones a day after a suicide bomb attack at a park on March 28, 2016, in Lahore, Pakistan.

The U.S. State Department also condemned the terrorist attack, calling it a "cowardly act" that "targeted innocent civilians."

"The United States stands with the people and government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Lahore as they respond to and recover from this terrible tragedy," State Department spokesman John Kirby said Sunday.

"Attacks like these only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism around the world, and we will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region to combat the threat of terrorism.”

PHOTO: Pakistani women mourn at a hospital following a suicide blast on March 27, 2016, in eastern Pakistans Lahore. Newscom
Pakistani women mourn at a hospital following a suicide blast on March 27, 2016, in eastern Pakistan's Lahore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.