Pakistan’s beleaguered Christian community suffered its worst ever attack on Sunday after two suicide bombers attacked a landmark 19th century church in Peshawar, killing 75 people and wounding dozens more.
The attack, which has been condemned across Pakistan’s political spectrum and sparked protests by Christians around the country, represents a major challenge to the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and its attempts to negotiate a peace settlement with militants.
The bombers struck soon after Sunday service, just as hundreds of worshippers were streaming out of the All Saints Church in the northwestern city’s old quarter. The church is one of the most famous in Pakistan, noted for its colonial history (it was built in 1883 by a British officer) and its elegant, white-walled and domed design that resembles many of the old mosques in this Muslim-majority country.
Eyewitnesses described hearing two loud blasts in succession, then the horrific scenes…
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