On Sunday evening, hundreds of Pakistani Christians were celebrating Easter at a park in the city of Lahore. These constantly marginalized Christian families, who make up a minority of the Pakistani population, were taking solace in communal fellowship.

During the festivities, a sudden blast rocked those in attendance. Cries of panic and screams of pain came from every direction. Family members desperately sought to find their loved ones as they evacuated the scene fearing the blast was only the first of many.

CNN spoke to a witness who described the attack that killed one of his sisters and wounded another:

“It was so crowded that there was even no way of entering [the park]. We went to a canteen to have something to eat, when there was suddenly a big blast. Everyone panicked, running to all directions. Many of them were blocked at the gate of the park. Dead bodies can be found everywhere,” he told reporters.

“My sister got wounded in the neck. The object hit her looks like a piece of hard iron, and it burnt her in the neck. She was also wounded in the chest.”

The explosion killed 72 people and wounded upwards of 320. The victims were mostly women and children.

Authorities announced that the attack was perpetrated by a 28-year-old suicide bomber, Yousaf Farid. He reportedly was a teacher at a local seminary in Lahore.

Not much is yet known about his ties to the radical Muslim terrorist network, Jaat-ul-Ahrar, who took responsibility for the attacks.

The group gave a statement to Reuters shortly following the attack.

“The target were Christians.”

“We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.”

This marks the fifth bombing from the Taliban splinter group since December, notes Reuters, and the targeting of Christians is no new thing.

Hostility towards Pakistani Christians has been growing for decades. In a country of over 180 million, Christians make up less than 2 percent of the population, making them easy targets for radical Islamic violence.

Christians have been dragged into prison for violating blaspheming laws on numerous occasions, and some were executed shortly after imprisonment. However, much more devastating attacks have begun to rise in scope and number recently, particularity after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The attacks have come in every shape and size; gunmen rushing into a church and gunning down attendees, attacking Christian communities by burning people alive, and setting off bombs at various churches.

Savagery on this scale towards the countries’ Christian minorities is largely approved by Pakistani Muslims. In 2013 a governor of Punjab Province was murdered by his own security detail after speaking out against the execution of a woman accused of blasphemy. The murderer was pronounced a hero by many Muslims.

Pamela Constable, a journalist for the Washington Post, has reported on the strife in Pakistan since 1998. In an article covering a terrorist attack against Christians in 2015, Pamela notes that the repeated attacks and lack of action from government officials could very well mean an all out religious war erupting in Pakistan. Worse still, the estimated 2 million Pakistani Christians would likely be the first and easiest target.

Let us pray that her prediction is incorrect.