Friday, January 16, 2004

Bomb targets Christians

Someone has bombed a Christian establishment in Pakistan:

At least 12 people, including three policemen, were injured and 15 vehicles destroyed when a bomb planted in a stolen car went off outside a church in downtown Saddar area on Thursday.

“Actually two blasts occurred here,” city police chief Asad Ashraf Mallick told reporters at the site, “First, two motorcyclists hurled a grenade at the Holy Trinity Church’s reading room, which injured a library employee and when the police reached the spot, a bomb fitted in a nearby car exploded, injuring 11 people, including three of our officials.”

Witnesses said two men - both wearing helmets which covered their faces - pulled over outside the Christian Reading Room, part of the historic Holy Trinity Church, and threw a grenade. The grenade hit the footpath and exploded, which shattered the glass of the library and injured its manager, Peter Pervez. Police had reached the site after an anonymous phone call warned of a bomb put in a popular hotel facing the Christian Reading Room.


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