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Bomb explodes Sunday morning at Pakistan church, 75 dead

Thursday, September 22, 2022 Karachi - A suicide bomb attack on a church kills at least 75 people as worshipers leave the building. Officials said it was the biggest attack on Pakistan's Christian community in recent years.

Many women and children were found among the victims of the attack, which took place as the morning service was drawing to a close.

The death toll is increasing rapidly until the identification process. At least 75 people in the hours after the explosion, said Peshawar police commissioner, Sahibzada Anees quoting the NBC News page, Sunday (22/09/2013).

"A suicide bomber blew himself up after entering the church hall," deputy police commissioner Zahir ul Islam told NBC News.

"There were between 500 and 600 people present at the church at the time of the attack," he added.

Pakistan PM strongly condemns

In a statement, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the bomb blast, and expressed solidarity with the Christian community.

The explosion has caused material damage and has caused a lot of fear in the local community.

He said terrorists have no religion and that targeting innocent people is against Islamic teachings.

Christians Protest Pakistan Church Bombing

Angry Christians blocked roads Monday -- the following day after the explosion -- in protest over Sunday's suicide bomb attack on a church that killed more than 75 people and is considered Pakistan's deadliest attack on members of the faith.

Carrying sticks and barricading roads with burning tires, the demonstrators demanded better government protection for Christians who make up about four percent of Pakistan's 180 million population.

They brought a number of major arteries to a standstill in cities including roads in the Islamic state's capital, Islamabad, and in Karachi where protests turned violent and police were forced to launch attacks with batons.

"Terrorists have never allowed mosques, churches or temples in this country to be attacked," protester Adil Kayani told NBC News as he blocked a road in Islamabad.

Pakistani Church Sunday Morning Bomb Family Calls for Justice

Paul Bhatti, head of the All Pakistan Minority Alliance, questioned his government's policy of trying to strike a peace deal with the militants who have killed thousands of people during the decade-long insurgency.

"What dialogue are we talking about? Peace with those who kill innocent people," he told Reuters.

"They don't want dialogue," added Bhatti whose brother, a federal minister, was shot dead by an Islamic extremist in 2011.

"They don't want peace. Our country and our intelligence services are so weak that anyone can kill anyone at any time. It's a disgrace."

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