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Christians protest attacks on Pak churches, 2 dead

Christians protest attacks on Pak churches, 2 dead
In one of the worst attacks on the minority community in recent times, two Taliban attackers blew themselves up at the gates of Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church in Christian- dominated Youhanabad area of Lahore during Sunday mass, killing 16 people and injuring 80 others.

Authorities had to call in Rangers to maintain law and order in Youhanabad today.

Hundreds of Christians gathered at Ferozpure Road and blocked it for several hours. The violent protesters damaged public property and pelted stones on the police. Police said protesters also blocked roads in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Gujranwala.

A speeding car driven by a woman ran over five people, killing two of them and leading to violence in Lahore. Police tried to disperse the protesters but failed to control them.

About a dozen people suffered injuries in the clashes. “As the police failed to control law and order situation in Youhanabad the Rangers have been called in who took over security control,” the officer said.

He said the Rangers would remain deployed in Youhanabad and adjacent localities until situation normalises.

Christian community leader and federal minister for shipping Kamran Michael said all Christian schools would remain closed today as prayer services and funerals for the victims
were held.
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