The twin bombings happened when churches were packed for worship. This was planned to cause the most damage. The group Jamat- ul- Ahra, claimed responsibility. This is a splinter group from the Tarik-i-Taliban. They rejoined the Pakistan Taliban in August of last year. The attack took place in the Youhanabad area. It was reported that they were stopped at the gates and that is where they set off their explosives, a time when both churches were packed with Christians attending Church. This is an area that 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. This 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 have been attacked, Christian communities have been attacked, and Christians have been arrested for merely being Christian and refusing to convert. And now the government of Thailand is attempting to return Christians seeking assylum there from this violence and hatred in Pakistan.
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. And the UN has done nothing. There are very disturbing images coming from this latest attack in Pakistan, pray for the victims and their families. Pray for those fleeing, and those remaining.
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