Deadly Blasts Hit Pakistan Churches in Lahore

Paki blast 3Explosions have killed at least five people near two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local media say.

At least 50 people were reportedly hurt in the explosions at the Catholic church and Christ Church in the city’s Youhanabad area.

The twin blasts took place at a busy time, with many people in the area to attend Sunday mass.

Pakistan’s Christian community has often been targeted by militants.

An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack.

Witnesses say suicide bombers were responsible for the explosions but police have not confirmed this.

According to local media reports, a crowd has gathered at the scene of the blasts, attacking a man suspected of involvement in the explosions.

At least 80 people were killed by bombers at a church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in 2013, in what is thought to be the deadliest ever attack on the country’s Christians.

 

 

Source: BBC

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