Deadly Blasts Hit Pakistan Churches In Lahore, 10 Dead

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Two bomb blasts have killed not less than 10 people near two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local officials say. BBC has more:

At least 50 people were reportedly hurt in the explosions at the Catholic church and Christ Church in the city’s Youhanabad area. Violent protests erupted after the blasts, with large crowds already 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. The bombers are said to have detonated their explosives at the gates of the churches. Local media say the death toll has reached 14.

A large crowd gathered at the scene of the blasts, protesting about the lack of security. The crowd also attacked two men it accused of involvement in the explosions, killing both of them. Photographs from the scene showed a crowd setting the men’s bodies alight. Protesters carrying sticks blocked Lahore’s Ferozepur Road. Local television pictures showed a bus station being attacked.

 

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