Peshawar church bombing

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Peshawar church bombing
Part of War in North-West Pakistan
Location Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Date 22 September 2013
Target All Saints Church, Peshawar, Pakistani Christians
Attack type
Suicide bombings, Islamic terrorism, mass murder, religious hate crime
Weapons suicide belts
Deaths 127
Non-fatal injuries
250
Perpetrators Jundullah
Assailants two suicide bombers
Motive Religious discrimination in Pakistan, Persecution of Christians, War in North-West Pakistan

On 22 September 2013, a twin suicide bomb attack took place at All Saints Church[1] in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 127 people were killed and over 250 injured.[2][3][4] It was the deadliest attack on the Christian minority in the history of Pakistan.[5]

Bombs[edit]

The two suicide bombers first shot and killed one of the security guards, injuring the other and then entered the church. Stopped by the police, one of the suicide bombers detonated the bomb. The second bomber entered the church and detonated the bomb inside the church.[6] Another account tells that the suicide bomb blast occurred when the worshipers assembled for a free meal of rice near the front lawn of the church.[5] There were holes in the walls of the church and the windows of nearby buildings were shattered by the intensity of the blasts. Bodies of the attackers were successfully identified and sent for examination. Their suicide vests were made with 6 kilograms (13 lb) of explosives inside.[6]

Perpetrators of the attack[edit]

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan-linked Islamist group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the attack.[7][8] They said that the attack on Christians and non-Muslims will continue because they are the enemies of Islam[8] and that they will not stop until US drone attacks in Pakistan cease.[9][10][11] [12] However the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan denied any involvement in the incident and having any links with the perpetrator Jundallah group saying that the group affiliated with them is Jundul Hafsa.[13]

Response of Pakistani Christians[edit]

Christians residing near the church went to the streets and started protesting by burning tires and shouting slogans. Many shops were shut in the Kohati Gate area, which is home to many other churches.[8] There were protest rallies in Karachi, Lahore, Multan and other cities to condemn the killing. There were also clashes reported in Karachi between angry protestors and police.[14]

Christian communities in Pakistan lament “the dying future for Christians in Pakistan” given this was another in a series of recent attacks. In March, hundreds of Christians were persecuted by Islamic zealots over allegations of blasphemy against Islam, a crime under Pakistani law.[15]

Reactions[edit]

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and said terrorists have no religion and that targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Suicide bombers attack historic church in Peshawar, 60 killed". Zee News. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "GHRD: Article". Global Human Rights Defense. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "40 die in Pakistan bombing". BBC News. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Twin church blasts claims 66 lives in Peshawar". Dawn. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Suicide bomb attack kills 60 at Pakistan church". Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Twin church blasts claim 78 lives in Peshawar". Dawn. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Craig, Tim; Nawaz Khan, Haq (22 September 2013). "Dozens killed as suicide bombers attack Christian worshipers in Pakistan". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Twin suicide bomb attacks on Pakistan church kill at least 56". Reuters. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Pakistan church blast kills dozens BBC 22 September 2013
  10. ^ Bloodbath at Peshawar church Nation 22 September 2013
  11. ^ In deadliest attack on Pakistani Christians, Taliban kill 70 in historic Peshawar church Times of India
  12. ^ "Pakistan church bombing claims the lives of 85 worshippers". The World Outline. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "TTP says no links with Jundullah". The News. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Suicide bombs kill 78 outside Peshawar Church, injure over 100". Geo TV. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ Farhan Bokhari (Sep 23, 2013). "Pakistan Christians fear more persecution following church attack". Financial Times. 
  16. ^ "Church bomb in Pakistan kills at least 55, including women and children". NBC News. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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