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Gunmen Kill 16 Christians in raid on Pakistan Catholic Church

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    Gunmen kill 16 Christians in raid on Pakistan Catholic Church Masked gunmen shot dead up to 16 Christians at Sunday prayers in an unprecedented attack in the
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2001
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      Gunmen kill 16 Christians in raid on Pakistan Catholic Church

      Masked gunmen shot dead up to 16 Christians at Sunday prayers in an
      unprecedented attack in the central Pakistani town of Bahawalpur,
      witnesses said.

      Christians have expressed fears they could become targets if unrest
      broke out in Muslim Pakistan over opposition to the US attacks on
      neighboring Afghanistan's ruling Muslim Taliban militia.

      Six men on three motorcycles rode up to St Dominic's Church and
      pulled out AK47 assault rifles from bags, one witness said.

      "They were carrying the bags and when they came they took out guns,"
      the witness said.

      They shot two police guards before entering the packed church firing
      indiscriminately.

      Police have been posted at Christian churches since 11 September
      attacks on the United States blamed on Saudi-born Osama bin Laden who
      is believed to be in Afghanistan.

      Christians are about one per cent of Pakistan's 120 million
      population.

      "Women were among the dead," said a police deputy superintendant.
      Dozens of worshippers were wounded, some seriously, he added.

      It was the first such attack on Christians in the region, he said.
      The area, south of Multan near the Indian border has a history of
      strife between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim extremists.

      Four gunmen entered the church while two waited outside to shoot
      those who managed to flee, he said.

      St Dominic's is a Catholic church but a Protestant service was being
      held at the time of the attack.

      SOURCE
      Reuters

      In our Lords Love
      Thomas Daniel
      From the land were Gospel is prohibited
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