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At least 17 people were killed, and 80 others injured, as two churches in the main Christian district of Lahore, Pakistan, were attacked on 15 March.

An Islamist group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, linked to the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility.

At least two of the young attackers blew themselves up – one at each church – when volunteer security guards, working with local police, confronted them at the entrances to the churches.

The attacks were timed to cause maximum damage; more than 2,000 worshippers were present in the two churches for Sunday services. But prompt action by the Christian volunteers prevented the attackers from entering the buildings.

The incidents took place in Yahounabad, the poverty-stricken Christian neighbourhood in Lahore, outside two churches, St John’s Catholic Church and the Protestant Christ Church, separated by just 400 metres.

 Source: World Watch Monitor

 Prayer Points

  • Uphold the grieving and the injured to the Lord and ask for His ministering Spirit to comfort them during their time of suffering.
  • Pray the Christians in Lahore will cling even more to the Lord as their protector, provider and strength. May they be united in their love for Him and for one another. Pray for those in authority attempting to protect and speak out for Pakistani Christians.
  • Pray for the members of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar; ask the Lord to disband this group by removing the hatred from their hearts and bringing many to repentance and faith.