KARACHI: Gunmen on motorcycles boarded a bus and opened fire on commuters belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least 43, police said, in the latest attack directed against religious minorities this year.
The pink bus was pockmarked with bullet holes and blood saturated the seats and dripped out of the doors on to the concrete.
Police Superintendent Najib Khan told Reuters there were six gunmen and that all the passengers were Ismailis.
Militant group Jundullah, which has attacked minorities before, claimed responsibility. The group has links with the Taliban and pledged allegiance to Islamic State in November.
At least 43 people had been killed and 13 wounded, provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali told media.
Outside the hospital where the wounded were taken, and where the bus was parked, scores of grim-faced young men formed a human chain to block everyone but families and doctors.
Uzma Alkarim, a member of the Ismaili community, said the bus took commuters to work every day. The Ismailis had faced threats before, she said.
“Around six months ago, our community elders had alerted us to be careful because of security threats but things had calmed down recently,” she said.
Peshawar: April 21, 2015. (PCP) Farid Jani is on run to save his life after attack by Muslim extremists and threats to kill him and his family. He is in hiding with his family away from his native city.
According to information’s of Pakistan Christian Post, Farid Jani was distributing Christian religious books in front of gate of St. Augustine’s Church in city of Kohat city after Sunday Services on April 19, 2015, when some Muslim bearded men approached him and started beating him. The attackers shouted “Why you spreading teachings of infidel Christians to Muslims” “You infidels are liable to beheading” on which Farid Jani ran in Church compound to save his life and escaped from climbing back wall of Church compound while Muslim attackers set on fire Christian religious tracts and books snatched from him.
The Muslim attackers gathered more people and mob reached my home but when found that Farid Jani has not reached home, they looted and destroyed furniture in rooms and books. Before leaving they threatened parents of Farid Jani that if he did not stop my religious activities they would burn whole house and kill all members of family.
International media is eyeing the Christians of Pakistan and have predicted that Pakistani Christians are likely to face a new wave of violence in times to come.
The Christian community in Pakistan itself feels exposed to radical Islamist ideologies that are prevailing in the nation. These reports are surfacing after the recent death of Nauman Masih and a fresh wave of violence targeting Christian children by Muslim hardliners.
Ranked third on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Pakistan is a known hub of extremism. More often than not, Christ-followers and other religious minorities serve as an easy target for jihadist wrath.
However, terrorists are not the only ones are attacking the Christians living in Pakistan but, mainstream residents, as well as the police, are taking an attitude against Christians that is full of animosity and hostility,” says Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI) Executive International Director, Bruce Allen.
Senior CBN blogger Gary Lane also expressed his fears by saying, “More acts of violence and intimidation against Pakistan’s small Christian minority are expected in the days ahead. Keep praying that God will protect them, and give them the courage and strength to endure this recent wave of persecution.”
Young Christian boy Nouman Masih who was burned alive by 2 unknown man on last Friday. He was 55% burned, today he passed away.
Another addition to the deadly atrocities Christians in Pakistan face. This one comes due to proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ. Nouman Masih, the 14 year old boy who was burnt alive because of his faith, died today in Lahore.
Nouman had suffered 55% burns after kerosene oil was thrown all over him and he was set alight by two men who inquired him of his religion. Nouman faced this attempt of hatred bravely was attempted to be rescued by two local men. This shows the hatred that is still breeding amongst our country men. Days after the public lynching Lahore Police raided every house of Youhanabad and rounded more than 400 Christian youth by breaking doors of Christian homes or climbing boundary walls in middle of night.
Unfortunately young Nouman could not survive his wounds and lost the battle of life today. Proclamation of his faith proved fatal for him. Local Christians say that they have been living under fear because of the hatred against them. Upon becoming stable, he had been question on the hospital bed by the police as a FIR was lodged.
Chief Minsiter Shahbaz Sharif had taken notice of this act of brutality and had commanded the immediate arrest of the two men involved in it. A special medical team had also been formed for the treatment of Nouman. Member Punjab assembly Shahzad Munshi reached the hospital upon news of Noumans death. Pastor Anwar Fazal has met the family and demanded that the culprits be immediately punished. The question that looms large over all of us is till when will this lawlessness prevail and till when will this fire keep on eating the innocent?
LAHORE: At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.
The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city's Youhanabad neighbourhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.
Broken window panes, blood and shoes were scattered across the blast sites.
Police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said two policemen guarding the churches were among those killed in the attacks, while two people were beaten to death by protesters who took to the streets after the blasts.
“Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.
The angry mob protesting after the blast beat to death two people whom they suspected of being associates of the attackers. An AFP photographer saw the bodies of the two suspected militants on fire after the beatings. It was not clear whether they were still alive at the time.
Up to 4,000 Christians later spread across the city’s streets; many were armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles and attacked a Metro bus station in a rare show of anger by the beleaguered minority.
RAWALPINDI: A bomb blast outside a Imam Bargah situated on Kari Road in Rawalpindi killed three people and injured two others.
he explosion took place near Imambargah Qasr-e-Sakina in New Shakrial area, which connects Rawalpindi to Islamabad. The blast was followed by sounds of gunfire.
Initial police reports suggested that a suspected suicide bomber tried to blow himself up when security guards opened fire on the attacker, wounding him.
An eyewitness told Geo News that the attacker wearing a suicide vest tried to enter the imambargah and detonate his explosives. However, he was unable to fully detonate his explosives.
21 people were killed and at least 60 were reported injured in a terror attack at a Shiite mosque in Hayatabad Phase-5 in Peshawar.
Three to four attackers entered Imamia Imambargah in Peshawar’s Hayatabad area during Friday prayers, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, Riaz Mehsood, told reporters.
He said the attackers opened indiscriminate fire on people and hurled two hand grenades, before one of them blew himself up.
“There were two suicide bombers among three to four attackers. One of them blew himself up while others hurled hand grenades. We have recovered a suicide jacket during search operation,” he said while speaking to media persons at the blast scene.
Personnel of army, police and law-forcing agencies (LEAs) arrived at the scene and cordoned off the entire locality to kick a counter operation.
Reports said some of the attackers might have been inside the shiite mosque that was yet to be cleared of terrorists.
The bodies and injured were shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex where several people are reported to be in serious condition.
At least 61 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in southern Pakistan.
Dozens were wounded in the attack after Friday prayers in Shikarpur district of Sindh province, and the death toll is expected to rise.
Sunni militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the attack.
Local media reports suggest that the blast could have been a suicide attack, but police are investigating.
There has been rising sectarian violence in Pakistan in recent years. Sunni militant groups have targeted the Shia minority in the past.
Attacks against religious minorities have been on the rise in the country where radical Sunni Islamist groups often target mosques frequented by Shi'ites, whom they see as infidels.
Police said it was unclear what caused the explosion during Friday prayers at the mosque in the busy centre of Shikarpur, a city in Sindh.
"We are trying to ascertain the nature of the blast," said city police chief Saqib Ismail Memon. "A bomb disposal squad is examining the scene."
Part of the mosque collapsed after the explosion, burying some of the wounded under rubble. Bystanders pulled them out and piled them into cars for the journey to hospital.
Taliban gunmen launched the attack at a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar with at least 135 schoolchildren killed.
The devastating attack comes as the Taliban steps up its campaign of terror in the region.
More than 135 people have been confirmed dead, with more wounded.
The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, a sprawling and volatile city not far from the Afghan border, said the hospital has received dozens of dead and injured, including schoolchildren and teachers.
It has called for blood donations as supplies are running short.
The Pakistani armed forces say five of the six militants have been killed.
Ten year-old boy watched two classmates shot dead by Taliban
A traumatised 10-year-old boy gave a harrowing account of how he watched two classmates shot dead.
One teacher was burned alive after petrol was poured over her and her terrified pupils were forced to watch the barbaric murder.
A source told NBC: “They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom. They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch.”
It was claimed a bomber blew himself up in a room of 60 children, decapitating many of them.
School boy Irfan Shah, 10, said: “Our teacher first told us a drill was going on and we need not worry. It was very intense firing. Then the sound came closer. Then we heard cries. One of our friends open the window of the class.
“He started weeping as there were several school fellows lying on the ground outside the class.
Military: Pakistani soldiers stand guard near the school following the killings
“Everybody was in panic. Two of our class fellows ran outside class in panic. They were shot in front of us.”
The teacher ordered the class of 33 to flee towards the back gate of the school.
He continued: “I tightly held the hand of my friend Daniyal and we both ran towards the back gate. We were weeping. I felt bullets passing by my head twice. It was so terrible.
“We reached back gate in a minute. As we stepped outside the gate, we started weeping again very loudly. “An aunt from a nearby house heard us and took us inside her house. We were shivering. She gave us water and comforted us. We stayed there for 15 minutes.
“Our van always parked a few hundred meters away from the school. We then went to our van. The van driver told us that our school fellows who have been murdered in the attack are martyrs and they would go to jannah (paradise).”