Saima Mohsin and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux of CNN reported today that "choir members and children attending Sunday school are among the dead" in Pakistan, after a terror attack at the All Saints Church in Peshawar.
According to the Diocese, "Suicide bombers entered the church compound from the main gate and blew themselves up in the midst of the people." The Rev Humphrey S. Peters, Bishop of Peshawar, "appealed to the all Christian Community in Pakistan and around the world to pray for the affected families" on the Diocese website.
Sky news reported that the suicide bombing was the "deadliest ever assault on Christians."
The horrific attack comes a day after the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, was attacked by the al Qaeda linked radical Islamist group, al-Shabab. The group stormed the upscale mall, targeting non-Muslims, as reported yesterday by the Examiner, who also posted the last tweet from the terror group's Twitter account before it was suspended yesterday.
"Defending our Muslim lands is one of the foremost obligations after faith & defending against the aggressive enemy is our right as Muslims"
The ongoing hostage situation there has so far resulted in the murder of 68 non-Muslims, as reported today by CBS News. Aside from Kenyans, among the dead and injured were American, British, French, Canadian, Ghanaian and Chinese. Annemarie Desloges, 29, was a Canadian Diplomat killed during the terror attack.
The Daily Mail reported that pregnant Kenyan radio journalist Ruhila Adatia was also among the dead.
The report described a witness account,
"Charles Karani, 41, an IT engineer, said: ‘I hid under a car with my daughters, and I saw the men line up maybe 40 people and ask them who was Muslim, and if they were to prove it by saying the name of the Prophet’s mother. Those who got it wrong were shot."
The ongoing persecutions of Christians in the Middle East has finally gained the attention of the House of Representatives, who "approved bipartisan legislation to diplomatically address the current plight of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Christians," as reported this week by Morgan Lee of the Christian Post.
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pakistan.