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Bombings At Christian Church In Pakistan Leave 78 Dead

Suicide bombers attacked following Sunday services.

Posted on September 22, 2013, at 2:44 p.m. ET

Twin suicide bombings outside a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed at least 78 Sunday.

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The bombings are believed to be the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan ever.

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The two bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old church following mass.

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About 600 people had attended services and were outside receiving free food that was being distributed when the bombs went off, according to The New York Times.

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Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan told The New York Times:

"Such an attack on women and children is against humanity."

Christians held a vigil and protested the violence in Lahore, the capital, as well as other cities.

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The attacks came on the heels of attacks on other religious minorities in the country including Shiite Muslims.

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A Christian neighborhood in Lahore was the target of mob violence in March, and Christians are sometimes accused of blasphemy under the country's stringent blasphemy legislation.

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The bombings are believed to have been orchestrated by Sunni extremist militant groups or the Pakistani Taliban.

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