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Religious Liberty Prayer Alert: 17 killed in church bombings in Pakistan

March 18, 2015

One of the churches targeted in the attack (Photo courtesy: AFP) 
 
18 March, Twin suicide bomb attacks at 2 churches in Lahore, Pakistan killed at least 17 people and injured around 70 people on Sunday.

According to reports, the attackers targeted St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church which are located near each other. It is believed that around 500 Christians were inside the churches when the incident occurred.

The bombings also sparked 2 days of protests by members of the Christian community in the area. According to reports, angry protesters set fire to cars and attacked buses and shops and chased police and politicians from the scene. It is also reported that at least 1 person suspected of being involved in the bombings was lynched during the protests.
 
Prayer points: 
  • Pray for Jesus’ comforting presence over those grieving the loss of loved ones
  • Pray for God’s healing mercy over those injured in the bombings
  • Pray that Christians would not respond with violence but would remain calm during this time of distress
  • Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Pakistan