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VOA English Newscast: 2100 UTC March 28, 2016

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets with some of the victims of Sunday's suicide bombing. Sharif has promised to intensify efforts against terrorism after the attack.
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I’m Dave DeForest reporting

Pakistan searches for bombers

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to intensify counter-terrorism operations in the wake of Sunday's suicide bombing in Lahore. At least 72 people were killed and 300 were wounded in the Easter Sunday blast, which targeted Christians at a crowded park.

A military spokesman said Monday security agencies have conducted several operations based on initial leads and have arrested a number of suspects.

A man widely reported to be a main suspect in last week's Brussels terrorist attacks has been released due to a lack of evidence. Belgium's federal prosecutor said Monday authorities had no justification to hold the man, identified only as Faycal C.

Syria's army says the recapture of Palmyra will be a launching point for expanded operations against the Islamic State group. Backed by Russian airstrikes, pro-government forces reclaimed control of Palmyra after a 10-month Islamic State occupation.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the offensive left 400 militants dead along with more than 180 pro-government fighters. President Bashar al-Assad hailed it as an "important achievement.”

An Angolan court Monday sentenced 17 young activists to from two to eight years in jail for rebelling against the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. One of those sentenced is a well-known rap singer.

The sentence followed a lengthy trial seen by Angola's political opposition as an example of government repression of dissent. The activists were arrested in June after a public reading of a book described as a "blueprint for non-violent resistance."

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