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81 Dead in Pakistan Church Bombing

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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Pakistan church bombing death toll hits 81 as and Christians protest deadly attack

Pakistani Christians protest in Karachi in a reaction to bomb attacks at a church in Peshawar, Sept. 23, 2013,

PESHAWAR, PAKISTANAngry Pakistani Christians on Monday denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith as the death toll from the church bombings climbed overnight to 81.

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.

The attack on the All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar, which also wounded over 140 people, occurred as worshippers were leaving after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn.

A senior Pakistani government official told CBS News' Farhan Bokhari that all the victims appeared to be Christians who were leaving the church in Peshawar when the suicide bombers raced towards the main entrance and blew themselves up.

A wing of the Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying they would continue to target non-Muslims until the U.S. stops drone attacks in the remote tribal region of Pakistan.

The bombings also raised new questions about the Pakistani government's push to strike a peace deal with the militants to end a decade-long insurgency that has killed thousands of people.

"What dialogue are we talking about? Peace with those who are killing innocent people," asked the head of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, Paul Bhatti, whose brother, a federal minister, was gunned down by an Islamic extremist in 2011.

"They don't want dialogue," said Bhatti. "They don't want peace."

The death toll on Monday climbed to 81, after three more of the wounded in Peshawar died overnight, according to police official Noor Khan.

"Our state and our intelligence agencies are so weak that anybody can kill anyone anytime. It is a shame," said Bhatti.

Angry Christians blocked roads around the country to protest the bombings. On one of the main roads coming into the capital of Islamabad, demonstrators burned tires and demanded government protection for the members of the Christian minority.

Missionary schools around the country would be closed for three days, said Christian leader Nasir Gill.

Churches and other places important to the Christian community in Peshawar have been given extra security, said Khan, the police official.

But this has not been sufficient to appease angry Christians in Pakistan, who want the government to take even stronger steps to protect them.

Many churches, as well as mosques and other religious institutions, already receive some type of police protection although many Christians say that is too little. A police officer who was supposed to be protecting the church where the suicide bombers attacked Sunday was killed in the incident.

Christians are a minority in Pakistan, where roughly 96 percent of the country's 180 million people is Muslim. The rest belong to other religions, including Christianity. Christians have often been attacked by Sunni Muslim militants, who view them as enemies of Islam because of their faith.

Christians are also in a precarious position in Pakistan. While many Pakistanis condemned the Sunday bombings, Christians have often faced discrimination across the country. They often find it difficult to get access to education or better jobs and are known for having to contend with menial labor such as garbage collecting or street cleaning.

Also Monday, a bomb exploded near a police patrol in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing four people, including three policemen, said police officer Abdullah Khan. The bombing occurred in Pashin district, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of the provincial capital, Quetta, said Khan.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Baluchistan is home to both Islamic militants and nationalists who have been fighting an insurgency against the government for decades for a greater share of the province's natural resources.

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SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM

That's terrible. :(

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

That's terrible. :(

Only 3 percent of Pakistanis are Christian.  Almost 20 percent of the worshippers at this church were killed by these suicide bombers.

I don't understand why we have to wipe out those we do not agree with.

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM
Horrifying. Sick and sad.
IhartU
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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Religion does so much good in the world, doesn't it? lol. Crazy ass deluded people killing each other over an imaginary being.

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM


Quoting stacymomof2:

Horrifying. Sick and sad.

Yep.  And it doesn't seem like there's any end to the horror in sight, does there?

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM


Quoting IhartU:

Religion does so much good in the world, doesn't it? lol. Crazy ass deluded people killing each other over an imaginary being.

They are both Abrahamic religions, so they are fighting over the same God.  Of course, there are factions within each religion that fight each other and they are the same religion, just tweaked a little this way or that.

IhartU
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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Quoting romalove:


Quoting IhartU:

Religion does so much good in the world, doesn't it? lol. Crazy ass deluded people killing each other over an imaginary being.

They are both Abrahamic religions, so they are fighting over the same God.  Of course, there are factions within each religion that fight each other and they are the same religion, just tweaked a little this way or that.

 Well, I know and you know that the whole Muslims worshipping the same God as the Christians and Jews is VERY debatable...

 What upsets me is that some religious people are destroying human beings and the world we live in becaus of their 'faith' in something that isn't even proven to exist- that may only exist in their minds. It's human nature to want to be right and to be validated by having others believe what you do but these nutters take it to the extreme. It's either believe as I do or die and they do it all in the name of their 'god' believing they are doing what their 'god' wants them to do.

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM


Quoting IhartU:


Quoting romalove:


Quoting IhartU:

Religion does so much good in the world, doesn't it? lol. Crazy ass deluded people killing each other over an imaginary being.

They are both Abrahamic religions, so they are fighting over the same God.  Of course, there are factions within each religion that fight each other and they are the same religion, just tweaked a little this way or that.

 Well, I know and you know that the whole Muslims worshipping the same God as the Christians and Jews is VERY debatable...

 What upsets me is that some religious people are destroying human beings and the world we live in becaus of their 'faith' in something that isn't even proven to exist- that may only exist in their minds. It's human nature to want to be right and to be validated by having others believe what you do but these nutters take it to the extreme. It's either believe as I do or die and they do it all in the name of their 'god' believing they are doing what their 'god' wants them to do.

I don't usually debate how people self-identify.  Muslims think they are worshipping the same God that Jews and Christians worship.  Christians think they worship the same God that Jews worship, minus that they also think Jesus is God but Jews don't think that.  Then it gets murky lol.

Do you think that it's validation that you're "right" about something unprovable if you can convince others to believe it along with you?

Or do you think "they" think that?

I'm picturing the Emperor in "The Emperor's New Clothes".  

-Kris-
by on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

So sad. 

AlekD
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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I have been praying about this since I heard of it. Just unspeakably horrible.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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