Pakistan: Church attacked in Peshawar

Source: FSSPX News

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, over 60 faithful were killed following a double suicide attack on the church of All Saints in Peshawar, one of the largest cities in northwest Pakistan. Two terrorists set off explosives as the congregation was leaving after Mass. About 100 more were wounded.

The Vatican Radio website stated on the same day that it was the most deadly attack that Pakistan’s Christian minority had experienced (Moslems make up over 95% of the population). 500 to 600 people were present when the devices exploded; the faithful were moving to the lawn in front of the church where rice was to be served after Mass.

Northwestern Pakistan is the refuge of several terrorist Islamic groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) [Pakistani Taliban movement]. Since the TTP was founded in 1987, over 6000 people have been killed in suicide attacks.

(Sources: – Vatican Radio – DICI no. 282, 04/10/13)

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