Muslim group bombs church in Pakistan – 78 dead

Sep 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: News Posts

by William J. Murray

Muslim Taliban double bombing kills 78 at church in Pakistan

Muslim Taliban double bombing kills 78 at church in Pakistan

In the second major attack on Christians this weekend, scores more have died — this time in Pakistan, at All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar. The Taliban, a Muslim terror group has claimed responsibility for the dual suicide bombing in Pakistan. Just the day before, an attack occurred on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Muslims in the mall were spared, but dozens of Christians were killed. Shabab, an Islamic rebel group from Somalia has killed over 100 at the mall and still holds hostages. In Pakistan the attack came at the close of services  today as food was being distributed.

In what the New York Times describes as “one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan in years” 78 people were killed in a double bombing today (September 22, 2013). In the New York Times article, not much mention was made of the many attacks on Christians throughout the year including one entire village of Christians being forced to leave their homes this month because of false accusations of blasphemy against a Christians pastor. The Times did manage to mention an attack in March. Muslims practice collective punishment in areas where they are the majority, that is, if one Christian is accused of anything then all Christians must be punished even if guilt is not proven. In Sunday’s bombing there was no argument made for collective punishment made, the attack was simply to cleanse the area of Christians. As the New York Times reported:

[color-box] A suicide attack on a historic Christian church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 78 people on Sunday in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan in years.

A girl sits between injured victims waiting for treatment at a hospital in Peshawar on Sunday.

The attack occurred as worshipers left All Saints Church in the old quarter of the regional capital, Peshawar, after a service on Sunday morning. Up to 600 people had attended the service and were leaving to receive free food being distributed on the lawn outside when two explosions ripped through the crowd.

“As soon as the service finished and the food was being distributed, all of a sudden we heard one explosion, followed by another,” said Azim Ghori, a witness.

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, who arrived in Peshawar on Sunday evening, said that 78 people had been killed, including 34 women and 7 children. “Such an attack on women and children is against humanity,” Mr. Khan said. [/color-box]

The Pakistani Christian Post reported that doctors at the hospital in Peshawar refused to treat injured Christians for fear of reprisals from the Taliban:

[color-box]Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have condemned attack on Church in Peshawar and expressed grave concern on not providing emergency medical aid to hundreds of Christian children, women and men injured in suicide bombing in Lady Reading Hospital.

According to sources close to PCP, the doctors in Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar not attended Christian injured of Church blast on fear of Talaban who declare Christian to be infidels. Up to one hour after Christian injured were brought to Lady Reading Hospital, none of any doctor was present in emergency nor KPK government declare any medical emergency in Hospital.

In KPK province of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan is governed by Imran Khan,s Pakistan Tehreek Insaf PTI, a pro Talban, right wing political party after elections of May 11, 2013 in Pakistan.[/color-box] [button link=”https://www.religiousfreedomcoalition.org/donate/” text=”Help the persecuted Christians of the Middle East today!” size=”small” alt=”off”]

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