Christians in northwest Pakistan narrowly escaped with their lives after security forces foiled a suicide bomb plot against them. Security guard Samuel Masih opened his community’s main gate to four Taliban bombers — and died in a hail of bullets. Two other guards were injured, as were two soldiers and a policeman.
However, the swift response of Samuel’s colleagues meant that a greater tragedy was averted. One of the suicide bombers was killed after igniting his bomb, but there were no other casualties as a result of the blast. Security officials killed the other three other suicide bombers.
The 30 Christian families residing within the gated community near Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were unharmed. The Pakistani Taliban reported that the bombers carried out this attack on 2 September. The same extremist group claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attack in Lahore which killed more than 70 people.
Source: Morning Star News
- Pray that God will comfort and provide for Samuel’s widow, Razia, and their five children. Ask God to heal those injured in the attack.
- Ask God to protect other Christian properties in the area, where security is now tight.
- Pray that all our brothers and sisters across Pakistan will know that they are not forgotten by their wider Christian family. Ask God to strengthen their faith.