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Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the two churches in  Lahore during the prayer service on Sunday. The two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city’s Youhanabad neighbourhood, which is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

The death of 15 persons in suicide attacks on two Lahore churches on Sunday being mourned in various cities of the country today

The missionary schools have been closed in Lahore and protests being observed in other cities across Pakistan to condemn the attacks on the Christian minority’s worship places in Punjab’s provincial capital city.

The lawyers associations have announced to observe the black day today to protest against the terrorist incident.

A mob of young men in the eastern city of Pakistan, many armed with clubs, also protesting today against the attacks.

The dead bodies of the victims were transferred to Jinnah Hospital for postmortem. The announcement regarding last rites of the victims of the attacks will be announced after consultation with the Church of Pakistan, sources said. The relatives of the victims said that the Christian leadership will decide about the last rites of the victims.

The Christians in Quetta have announced to hold protest rallies and prayer services at churches today. The local administration has announced to provide security for the prayer services and protest rallies in the city.

Sunday’s attack is the worst in over a year against Pakistan’s Christians, who make up a tiny proportion of the mainly Muslim country.

The Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction had claimed the attacks, in a statement emailed to the media.

Source : ARY News 

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Lahore  : Two blasts targeting a Church and a nearby school killed ten people and injured at least 36 others in in Lahore’s Youhanabad area on Sunday.

Sources said blasts hit a Church and an adjacent school at a time when a ceremony was underway in the worship place.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) claims responsibility for attacks.

PTV : State owned Television has confirmed 10 dead and over 60 injured , According to initial reports, it was a suicide blast. Rescue teams and security officials have reached the site of the blast. Youhanabad is the country’s biggest Christian locality, housing at least one million people.

There were atleast 75 people inside the church at the time of the bombing. The nature and intensity of the blasts are yet to be ascertained.

Emergency and security teams were dispatched to the site of explosion. The dead and injured were being taken to Lahore’s General Hospital.

This is a developing story.

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Kurram Agency‚ 15 people were killed and 200 injured in two bomb blasts in Parachinar this evening (Friday)Two explosions targeting Shi’ite mosques in Pakistan’s tribal area on the Afghan border killed at least 15 people on Friday, a doctor and witnesses said.

The first explosion took place just meters away from a Shi’ite mosque near a busy market in Parachinar, capital of the tribal Kurram area. It was followed closely by a second blast, outside another mosque in the town.

Sabir Hussain, a doctor at the Agency Headquarters Hospital, said 15 dead bodies and 45 people with serious wounds had been brought to his hospital.

Taliban-linked insurgents are a main source of instability in nuclear-armed Pakistan, but sectarian violence by Sunni militants, who see Shi’ites as heretics, has also been growing.

Parachinar has a significant Shi’ite population, who have previously been attacked by hardline Sunni militant groups.

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A man in a wheelchair ignited a home-made explosive device outside an arrivals exit at Beijing’s international airport Saturday, state media reported, injuring himself but no others.

The man, identified only as Chinese, was being treated, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

The explosion, which occurred in the airport’s Terminal 3, caused no other injuries, the report said.

Xinhua said the explosion came at about 6:24 pm (1024 GMT), adding that police were investigating.

Police and the airport’s information office could not immediately be reached for comment.

China Central Television’s Twitter-like microblog said no flights were affected by the incident and that the situation had returned to normal.

Photos carried on Xinhua’s website showed what appeared to be medical and other workers attending to someone on the floor and people running through the terminal amid white-coloured smoke.

The captions said the explosion occurred near the terminal’s Exit B.

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Lahore: An explosion occurred at an eatery situated in Lahore’s old Anarkali area a while back, killing at least three persons and injuring more than a dozen others.Nearby buildings and parked vehicles were damaged as a result of the blast, DCO Lahore, said – Nasim Sadiq, around  37 victims were shifted to hospitals after the blast. Responding to another question he said that there were no prior threats or warning regarding the incident.

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Talking to media persons earlier the DCOhad confirmed that two persons had died and 12 others were wounded in the blast.

Nearby buildings and parked motorcycles were damaged as a result of the blast. Market and shops shut down in the vicinity after the explosion as fear and panic gripped the area.

The victims were shifted to nearby hospitals. Private tv channels quoted police officials as saying that the blast was detonated using a timer device.

Rescue and emergency teams reached blast site.and security forces cordoned off the area as a investigations into the incident went underway.

The victims have been shifted to a nearby hospital. The number of casualties is likely to increase. TV channels quoted police officials as saying that the blast was detonated using a timed device.

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