To cause the most damage, twin bombings took place while the Youhanabad churches were filled for worship. A splinter group from the Tarik-i-Taliban, the Jamat- ul- Ahraa, who rejoined the Pakistan Taliban in August of last year, has claimed responsibility.
Reports claim the suicide bombers were stopped at the gates and detonated their explosives. It was shocking to the Christians in the community as this area has been relatively peaceful. Although NBC and Al-Jazeera report that 10 were killed we are hearing that 14 were killed and 75 were injured. The number is likely to rise.
Youhanabad is a suburb of Lahore, Pakistan. It is the largest majority Christian area in the city with about 200,000 inhabitants, though DAWN says it is at least 1 million.
LAHORE, Pakistan – Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 10 people and wounded more than 55 during Sunday services, officials said, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. via Pakistan Church Bombings: Twin Blasts Kill 10, Wound 55 in Lahore – NBC News.com.
Christians have been a major target in Pakistan for years. Churches and Christian communities have been attacked, Christians have been pressured to convert and often accused or arrested on false charges. The government of Thailand is attempting to make things difficult for Pakistani Christians seeking asylum. It is believed the pressure from the government is an attempt to make them want to leave the country on their own. The UNHCR offers little help for the Pakistani Christian asylum seekers. They often feel abandoned and are losing hope.
The UNHCR has sorely lacked in it’s response for these refugees. Clearly ignoring their plight, and stepping away from International law, especially where children are concerned.
One quarter of the world is in chaos with Christians attacked in every corner of the middle east and even Africa. The UN response has been lacking. Images from this latest attack in Pakistan are disturbing. Please pray for the victims and their families. Pray for those fleeing, and those remaining.
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