Jewish Journal

Following Kenya mall massacre, twin suicide bombings on Pakistani church

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 22, 2013 | 7:41 am

A peace vigil to condemn Sunday's suicide attack in Peshawar on a church in Karachi on Sept. 23. Photo by Insiya Syed/Reuters

First the Navy Yard rampage that left 12 dead. Then yesterday Islamist terrorists indiscriminately murdered at least 59 at an upscale mall in Nairobi (with about 30 hostages still inside). Now this in Peshawar, Pakistan:

 A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old church in Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 56 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim South Asian country. . . .

The attackers struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in the north-western city of Peshawar just as hundreds of parishioners streamed out of the building.

"I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church," said one parishioner, who only gave her first name, Margrette. . . .

The Taliban-linked militant group TTP Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attack.

"They are the enemies of Islam, therefore we target them," said the group's spokesman, Ahmed Marwat. "We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land."

In Pakistan, these "enemies of Islam" make up only 4 percent of the population. But this continues a trend of Christian minorities being persecuted and pushed out of Muslim countries, many (though not Pakistan) being part of Christianity's birth region.

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