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
Deadliest Attack on Pakistan's Christians Kills 75
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...   (Fareed Khan)

(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.

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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?" (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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