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We have received reports that two churches in the Christian community of Yohanabad have been bombed this morning. Early reports suggest that 14 people have died including a child and a police officer and 70 parishioners of the two churches injured. (click here)
One targeted buildings included St John's Catholic church and the other is a Church of Pakistan Church called Christ Church.
The suicide bomber in the attack on St John's Catholic church is said to have thrown a grenade into the church before blowing himself up. (click here)
Suicide bombers arrived at the two churches and tried to gain entry at the end of the service when people were coming out. They were stopped at the gates and set of their devices.
We have sent both our chief aid officer Mehwish and chief reporter Shamim Masih to investigate. They will be arriving in a few hours. Please pray for all those impacted by this latest violent attack.
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said;
"This latest attack on an innocent Christian community is symptomatic of the hatred and vilification that Christians and other minorities face in Pakistan. My heartaches for my brothers and sisters in Pakistan who are undergoing such extreme persecution. The global church has to speak out for this voiceless community or their suffering is set to get worse."
We have initiated a disaster recovery fund for the victims.
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