Pak: 60 killed as suicide bomber attacks church in Peshawar

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Peshawar, Sept 22: Sixty people, including women and children, were killed and 46 others injured when a suicide bomber today attacked a historic church as worshippers were exiting after Sunday service here in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said.

At least 25 people were killed and 46 others were injured in the bombing outside the church, said Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, Commissioner of Peshawar said initially. He said the bomber targeted worshippers when they were coming out of one of the oldest churches in the city's Kohati Gate district after Sunday mass. The toll increased later.

The bomber targeted worshippers when they were coming out of the church

The church is situated in a very congested locality which is always jam packed with the people mostly women as the area is the hub markets and shopping centres.

The Christian community lives in the vicinity and visited the church for Sunday service in large number. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but radical Islamists have been blamed for previous attacks on the country's minority communities, including Christians.

PTI

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