Blasts at Lahore churches: At least 19 killed

At least 19 people were killed and 78 injured in two blasts, one after the other, at two churches in the northeastern city of Lahore during Sunday service, police said.

Blasts at Lahore churches: At least 19 killed

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Though there was no immediate word regarding the nature of the blasts, eyewitnesses told local media that two suicide bombers first shot at the main gates of the churches and then blew themselves up.

The two churches were located on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city. The first was Catholic Church and the second a church at Christchurch school.

The state health minister, Salman Rafiq, confirmed that four people had been killed in the blasts. He also confirmed that a suspected terrorist was beaten to death by enraged Christian mobs, bringing the death toll up to five.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and evacuated the injured to hospital. Doctors fear a rise in the death toll as many of the injured are in critical condition.

TV footage showed enraged mobs beating up a bearded suspect as police failed to protect him from the infuriated mob.

After beating the suspect to death, they dragged his body onto the road and burned it.

The twin blasts smashed the window panes of the nearby buildings and houses as pieces of human flesh, burned clothes, glasses, shoes and other belongings were strewn across the blast scene.

A state of emergency was imposed in all Lahore hospitals as rescue workers kept bringing in injured people.

The blasts occurred in a suburban and low income district, Youhanabad, which is mainly inhabited by the country's small Christian community.

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