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Facebook users receive "Safety Check" after bombing

Facebook users receive “Safety Check” after bombing

Facebook Safety Check asks users around the world if they are “OK” after Pakistan bombing.

Many users of the popular social media site received safety checks despite being a world away from the bombing. The alert asked if they were “OK.”

The message read, “Are you OK? It looks like you’re in the area affected by Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore, Pakistan. Let friends know that you’re safe.”

Facebook officials told Gawker that they were aware that the check hadn’t been used correctly. They weren’t clear if the cause of the mistake was a technical glitch.

“We have activated Safety Check in Lahore. We apologize to anyone who mistakenly received a notification outside of Pakistan and are working to resolve the issue,” Facebook officials released in an email to Gawker.

A spokesman for the Punjab government says that a bomb attack on a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore has killed 60 people and injured 300.

Zaeem Qadri said Sunday that the chief minister of Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, has announced three days mourning and pledged to ensure that those involved in the attack are brought to trial.

Senior police officer Haider Ashraf says the explosion took place close to the children’s rides in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. He says the explosion appeared to have been a suicide bombing, but investigations were ongoing. The area was crowded with Christians celebrating the Easter holidays, he said.