SHAFAQNA – Officials in Lahore – Pakistan – confirmed on Monday that two large explosions shook the city earlier on Sunday when Wahhabi radicals targeted a church in view of fueling sectarian tensions in the region.
Official sources have said that an estimated 14 people were killed in the blasts and dozens more injured. “The terrorists targeted worshipers as they attended the Sunday service in the Youhanabad area in the provincial capital city of the Punjab province,” said police.
Amir Masih, a witness quoted by Reuter’s news agency, said he heard an explosion near one of the churches. “I rushed towards the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church,” he said.
Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, the chairman of the Pakistan Minorities Alliance, a rights group, said the Lahore attacks highlighted the proscribed ASWJ-allied PMLN government’s failure to protect minorities. ASWJ aka Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are allies of the Taliban in Pakistan and abet the Taliban and al-Qaida/ISIL in all over Pakistan. PMLN government has formed alliance with the proscribed ASWJ for a long time.
Violent protests erupted after the blasts, with a mob killing two men accused of involvement in the attacks. Pakistan’s Christian community has often been targeted by Wahhabis-allied Deobandi takfiri militants who declared many Muslim schools of thought as infidels. An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack.
Witnesses say (Deobandi Taliban) suicide bombers were responsible for the explosions but police have not confirmed this. The bombers are said to have detonated their explosives near the gates of St John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church. Christians make up less than 2% of Pakistan’s overwhelmingly Muslim population.