FoxNews—A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 52 people and wounded over 100 Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country's Christian minority in years.
The bombing underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants.
It occurred as worshippers were coming out of the church in Peshawar city following services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees.
It was not immediately clear whether one or two suicide bombers carried out the attack.
Witnesses said they heard two blasts, the second more powerful than the first. One police officer, Zahir Shah, said he believed both blasts were caused by suicide bombers.
The dead included several women and children, said Sher Ali Khan, a doctor at a hospital in Peshawar where the victims were being treated.
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. (Continue Reading.)
Sunday, September 22, 2013
At Least 52 Killed in Suicide Attack on Christian Church in Pakistan
The Qur'an commands Muslims to violently subjugate unbelievers (9:29; 9:73; 9:123). Muhammad commanded his followers to violently subjugate unbelievers (Sahih al-Bukhari 6924; Sahih Muslim 33). Yet when Muslims attack unbelievers who are shopping or attending church, politicians and the media assure us that it has nothing to do with Islam.