Local couple reacts to suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan

- Doctor Sajid Chaudhary and his wife, Doctor Rubina Inayat, grew up in Lahore, Pakistan.

"It's so sad. It kind of makes me speechless... what happened in Lahore last night," he said.

Dr. Chaudhary is the past president of the Association of Pakistani Americans of Central Florida.

He is also the past president of the Muslim Council of America Orlando Chapter.

Dr. Chaudhary choked back tears when talking about his hometown.

"That's the place where we have grown up. I went to college there. These are like small kids with their brothers," he said.

His wife, Dr. Inayat said, "Same pain and same grief occurs every time there's devastation and a massacre anywhere in the world. But, this is very close to home. These are very innocent people."

At least 65 people were killed and 300 hurt after a suspected suicide bomber exploded in a crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan.

The blast happened near rides for children, where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday.

Pakistan is a mostly Muslim country.

Most of the dead are women and children.

"My friends and family are OK," Dr. Chaudhary said.

He was still waiting to hear from some others as of Sunday evening.

Dr. Chaudhary was supposed to be in Lahore Sunday for his medical school class reunion.

He said, "They had to leave from there and they went to the hospitals to take care of the injured and wounded."

A Taliban faction is claiming responsibility for the attack.

"They're just a terrible face of evil," he said.

That faction in Pakistan said Christians were the target of the blast.

Dr. Chaudhary said, "What now is going through Pakistan, most of the liberals, the majority of the Pakistanis, they are getting more strong and determined, that they have to fight against the Taliban and they cannot be tolerated anymore."

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