Bomb Blasts Hit Pakistan Churches

At least 10 persons have been killed in a twin blast near two churches in a Christian neighbourhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday.

Local officials said at least 50 people were reportedly hurt in the explosions at the Catholic church and Christ Church in the city’s Youhanabad area.

Violent protests erupted after the blasts, with large crowds already in the area to attend Sunday mass.

Pakistan’s Christian community has often been targeted by militants.

An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack.

The bombers are said to have detonated their explosives at the gates of the churches. Local media say the death toll has reached 14.

However, Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain have condemned the latest bombings.

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