The Independent: At least 56 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in a double suicide blast attack outside an historic church in Peshawar – one of the deadliest assaults in years on Pakistan’s long-persecuted Christian minority.
(An Update from the BBC puts the death toll at at least 75.)
Witnesses said they heard two blasts as people made their way out of the church in the city’s Kohati Gate district to receive a free meal of rice, which was being offered to the congregation on the front lawn. Police later said they had discovered the remains of two suicide bombers. ….
“Thank God that this happened after the service was over,” Samuel Asghar, the arch-deacon of the Diocese of Peshawar, told The Independent, explaining that the toll would otherwise have been even higher. “We had received no warning. This happened suddenly… Please pray for the families and those suffering.”