Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 60 at Pakistan Church

Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2013

A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing over 60 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country’s Christian minority, officials said.

The bombing in Peshawar, which wounded 120 people, underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It will likely intensify criticism from those who believe that negotiating peace with militants is a mistake.

The attack occurred as hundreds of worshipers were coming out of the church in the city’s Kohati Gate district after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees.

“There were blasts and there was hell for all of us,” said Nazir John, who was at the church with at least 400 other worshipers. “When I got my senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood all around.”

{snip} The white walls of the All Saints Church were pocked with holes caused by ball bearings or other metal objects contained in the bombs to cause maximum damage. Blood stained the floor and was spattered on the walls. {snip}

The attack was carried out by a pair of suicide bombers who detonated their explosives almost simultaneously, said police officer Shafqat Malik. {snip}


“What have we done wrong to these people’” asked one of the wounded, John Tariq, referring to the attackers. “Why are we being killed?”

Tariq’s father was killed by the blasts, he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion will likely fall on one of the country’s many Islamic militant groups. Islamic militants have been blamed for previous attacks on the Muslim country’s Christian minority, as well as Muslim groups they consider heretics.

“This is the deadliest attack against Christians in our country,” said Irfan Jamil,  bishop of the eastern city of Lahore.


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack in a statement sent to reporters, saying, “The terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions.

“Such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists,” he said.

Islamic militants have carried out dozens of attacks across the country since Sharif took office in June, even though he has made clear that he believes a peace deal with one of the largest groups, the Pakistani Taliban, is the best way to tamp down violence in the country.

Pakistan’s major political parties endorsed Sharif’s call for negotiations earlier this month. But the Taliban have said the government must release militant prisoners and begin pulling troops out of the northwest tribal region that serves as their sanctuary before they will begin talks.


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  • Spartacus

    O see the pedophile worshipers have been busy. No matter, so long as the dark-skins are killing other dark-skins, I don’t care what religion they have.

  • Jefferson

    The U.K is “blessed” with having such a huge Pakistani population. Pakistanis are evidence that diversity is our strength.

  • AngloCelt

    Hundreds of Christians were killed by Islamists in Pakistan and Kenya over the weekend because of their faith, and yet there is utter silence by celebrities and media talking heads. Yet, when Russia bans the display of the rainbow flag, those same clowns are spurred to action, complete with all the denouncements and calls for boycotts. After a while one just becomes numb to the hypocrisy.

    • White Mom in WDC

      It is not hypocrisy so much as the plain truth staring us in the face. Christianity upheld Mary while Islam and Judaism pretty much viewed her as a whore. Islam and Judaism are belief systems where religion is politic. Both religions are phallic centered and both religions, despite what people say about Catholicism, have a great deal of licensed homosexuality.

      • IstvanIN

        Muslims publicly hang gays.

        • Sick of it

          Which explains their culture of pederasty. Oh wait…

          • IstvanIN

            They are a sick and demented people.

          • Sick of it

            They aren’t the only ones, thus I’m not a fan of immigration generally.

        • Libs are We Todd Ed

          They also publicly hump each other on man love Thursdays.

      • TEE207

        “Christianity upheld Mary while Islam and Judaism pretty much viewed her as a whore”.

        Islam & Muslims DO NOT view Mary the mother of The Messiah as a whore.

        ‘And [mention] when the angels said,”O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds”.’
        Surah 3 Ale-Imran: Verse 42

        Muslims consider Mary to be the best of women created by the Lord-God.
        However it is true that those children of Israel who rejected the Messiah uttered a great slander against her honor.

        ‘And [We cursed them] for their disbelief and their saying against Mary a great slander.’
        Surah 4 An-Nisa: Verse 156

        Also neither Islam nor Judaism is phallic centered & Islam does NOT idolize homosexuality; it may be that some Muslim societies tolerate & practice this as part of their pre-Islamic cultures & traditions which still linger on.

    • Magician

      The mainstream media is nothing more than a profit hungry business. It is not there to benefit the general public. The mainstream media will receive lawsuits if they ever say anything negative about any non-white group in this world and will end up spending millions in the court.

  • bigone4u

    These violent stone age monsters are filling up Britain. The next time we read about a Christian church bombed by Pakis, the Daily Mail will be running pictures of little dead white girls with blonde hair and blue eyes. The pictures will include British Pakis dancing in the streets in celebration. How can I be sure? You don’t hear the muzzies denouncing this bombing, do you?

    • So CAL Snowman

      There are still Christian churches in Britain?

  • IstvanIN

    As long as they do it there and not here, I don’t really care. Mind you, I don’t think it is right but I also don’t believe it is my problem. Now, if we could send all of them back to THEIR lands to live as they wish, we could live as we wish.

  • MBlanc46

    Pakistan, the great ally of the US in South Asia. What a delightful place. And, they’ve got the bomb.

  • Derp

    Coming soon to an American mall near you!

  • Japan has an awkward freedom of religion that General MacArthur unfortunately wrote into their postwar constitution. This is why Aum Shinrikyo (the Tokyo subway nerve gas cultists) were tolerated for so long, even after a prior fatal attack in Matsumoto in 1994.

    My wife says there is a law there against subversive actions that might apply to Islam, but I don’t know.