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Scores dead in Taliban church attack: Anglican Ink, September 23, 2013 September 23, 2013

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In near simultaneous explosions, two suicide bombers exploded shrapnel laden vests outside All Saints’ Church in the old city of Peshawar on Sunday killing scores of Pakistani Christians in the Taliban’s latest attack on religious minorities in Pakistan.

Police reported at least 78 people, including 37 children killed in the blast. Church of Pakistan leaders tell Anglican Ink they estimate the death toll to be at least 150, with hundreds more wounded.

The attack came following the main service at All Saints Kohati Gate, a colonial church built in 1883 by the CMS along the design of a mosque to offer a familiar atmosphere to converts to Christianity. As the 600 worshippers filed out the front of the church to waiting buffet tables offering coffee and a light lunch, two men walked past a police guard into the compound and detonated their vests, sending ball bearings, nails and other pieces of shrapnel through the crowd.

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Pakistan church torched by Muslim mob: Anglican Ink, September 21, 2012 September 22, 2012

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St Paul’s Mardan

A Muslim mob has set fire to a church and looted its school in response to Western acts of “blasphemy” against Muhammad.  Reports from Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the border with Afghanistan remain unclear on the size and motivation of the mob, however, the Church of Pakistan and the security services police have confirmed the assault and looting of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St Paul’s High School in Mardan.

On 21 Sept 2012 the mob, a several thousand strong mob stormed the compound after Friday prayers.  The Diocese of Peshawar reports the church was set alight and the homes of its two priests and the school’s headmaster were destroyed.  The school, which serves the Christian and Muslim community, was ransacked and newly installed computers taken away by the mob.

“The damage has been very severe, and we will need to rebuild. We are asking for people around the world to keep us in your prayers,” said Bishop Humphrey Peters of Peshawar.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.