Deadliest Attack on Pakistan Christians Kills 75

Taliban wing says it will keep targeting non-Muslims

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 22, 2013 10:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in Peshawar today, killing 75 people in the deadliest-ever attack on Pakistan's Christian minority, officials said. The Jundullah wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, with a spokesman saying, "All non-Muslims in Pakistan are our target, and they will remain our target as long as America fails to stop drone strikes in our country." The latest drone strike came today, when missiles hit a pair of compounds in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing six suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The attack on the All Saints Church, which also wounded 110 people, occurred as at least 400 worshippers were leaving after services for a meal on the front lawn. "There were blasts and there was hell for all of us," said Nazir John. "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." The number of casualties was so high that the hospital was running out of caskets for the dead and beds for the wounded. One of the wounded, John Tariq, who lost his father in the attack, asked of the attackers, "What have we done wrong to these people? Why are we being killed?"

Pakistani Christians chant slogans as they burn materials during a protest against a suicide attack on a church, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 in Karachi, Pakistan. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on...
Pakistani Christians chant slogans as they burn materials during a protest against a suicide attack on a church, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 in Karachi, Pakistan. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church...   (Fareed Khan)
A Pakistani Christian man mourns over the death of his relative at the site of suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
A Pakistani Christian man mourns over the death of his relative at the site of suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.   (Mohammad Sajjad)
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s...
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Pakistanis help victims of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed...   (Mohammad Sajjad)
Pakistani Christians burn materials during a protest against the suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority...
Pakistani Christians burn materials during a protest against the suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan...   (Mohammad Sajjad)
A Pakistani Christian woman mourns over the death of her relatives at the site of a suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday, officials said, in one of the...
A Pakistani Christian woman mourns over the death of her relatives at the site of a suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church...   (Mohammad Sajjad)
Pakistani Christians chant slogans during a protest against a suicide attack on a church, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority...
Pakistani Christians chant slogans during a protest against a suicide attack on a church, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan...   (Fareed Khan)
People gather at the site of suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years.
People gather at the site of suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people Sunday,...   (Mohammad Sajjad)
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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. - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

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