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Assailants open fire on a church in Pakistan


30 March 2015

Christians in Lahore, Pakistan, are fearful after another church was attacked last week when two young assailants on motorbikes opened fire on the main gates of a church and Christian school in the Township district of the city on 24 March.

Assailants opened fire on church in Lahore, Pakistan
Assailants opened fire on church in Lahore, Pakistan

The attack took place at around 2 p.m., just half an hour after the school had closed for the day, and some students continued to mill around the gates. Thanks to the instant response of two police officers standing guard at the gates, the attackers rode off and the students were unharmed. Two passers-by, however, were injured in the crossfire.

On 15 March, at least 16 people were killed and over 100 more were injured after suicide bombers targeted two churches in the Youhanabad neighbourhood of Lahore during Sunday morning worship. Volunteer church members acting as security guards at the gates of both churches managed to stop the bombers from entering the buildings, preventing much greater carnage, although it cost them their lives.