PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan say 75 people were killed when a pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church after services today. More than 100 others were wounded.
Officials say the attack in Peshawar (puh-SHAH’-wuhr) is the deadliest attack ever on the country’s Christian minority.
A government official says the attack occurred as hundreds of worshippers were coming out of All Saints Church to get a free meal of rice on the front lawn.
A man who identified himself as the spokesman for the Jundullah wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the group will continue to target non-Muslims until the United States stops drone attacks in Pakistan’s remote tribal region.
Jundullah has previously claimed responsibility for attacks on minority Shiite Muslims in the southwestern Baluchistan province. Hard-line Sunni extremists like the Taliban consider Shiites to be heretics.