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