Christians fear fresh attacks after Pakistan church bombing
PESHAWAR (AFP) - A devastating double suicide attack on a church in north-west Pakistan has triggered fears among the country's beleaguered Christian community that they will be targeted in a fresh wave of Islamist violence.
The blasts that tore through the congregation at All Saints church in Peshawar after the service on Sunday morning, killing 82 people, are believed to be the deadliest attack ever on Pakistan's small Christian community.
The country has been wracked by years of Islamist violence and a rising tide of sectarian attacks among Muslims, but before now the biggest concern among Christians has usually been mob violence triggered by blasphemy allegations.
Shaloom Nazir, 14, was getting ready for Bible study at the 100-year-old church when the bombers struck just before noon.