Attack on pakistani church kills 81, injures 120
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 22:09
Two suicide bombers killed at least 81 and injured more than 120 in Pakistan Sunday.
The attack took place as mass ended at All Saints Church of Pakistan, a Protestant church in the city of Peshawar. With people filing out of the church, two individuals wearing suicide vests blew themselves up. A terrorist group called Jundullah claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was in response to the United States utilizing drones in Pakistan.
Jundullah has been linked to Al-Qaida and has expressed a goal of killing non-Muslims. Pakistan is a largely Muslim country, and less than two percent of the population identify as Christian.
Following the attack, protests took place around the country against the government for perceived failings to protect Christians. This is the worst attack against Pakistani Christians, who have been charged under the country’s blasphemy law in the past. In March, a Christian girl was accused of burning a Quran, and later that month, a mob burned the homes of hundreds of Christians in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
“Every Christian is feeling under siege in Pakistan,” Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, chairman of the Pakistan Minorities Alliance, said.