Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 15 at Pakistan Churches, Mob ATTACKS ‘suspects’
Pakistani Taliban suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday, as worshipers were gathered inside. Officials said fifteen people died, in this latest attack against religious minorities in the increasingly fractured country. In the tense aftermath, angry mobs lashed out at people they suspected of involvement in the attacks, including one person who was burned to death. Christian crowds also set fire to cars in a show of defiance in Pakistan’s second largest city and the prime minister’s seat of power. Life in Pakistan is increasingly fraught with danger for religious minorities, especially Christians. They have been targeted by extremist Sunni Muslim militants who object to their faith. Religious minorities are also discriminated against in wider society, where they can often only get menial jobs like garbage collection, and are frequently targets of blasphemy accusations.
ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services on March 15 and witnesses said quick action
Lahore (Pakistan) (AFP) – Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Pakistan’s Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.