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ICC Note:

Last week, a Christian school in Lahore, Pakistan was attacked when two masked gunmen opened fire outside the schools gate. Two security guards and one student were injured in the attack. Christian places of worship and institutions have come under attack in recent months in Pakistan. In March, two churches were attacked by suicide bombers leaving 19 dead. The Pakistani government has called for better protection of these targets, but has largely left it up to the Christians themselves to take defensive measures. 

4/20/2015 Pakistan (Vatican Radio) – Two masked gunmen opened fire on St. Franciscan High School in Behar colony Lahore. One student and two security guards were injured and have now been hospitalized. Panic revolved in the school as gunmen fired.

Unidentified gunmen began firing and as the guards on duty outside the school intercepted, they were caught in the firing and got injured. The students of the school have been directed to leave the school premises. The investigation is underway to find out the main reason of attack. The Churches and Christian institutions already have warned about security threat from hardliners.

“The new attack witnesses the deterioration of the situation of Christians in Pakistan and spreads even more fear” says Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill to Fides.

The “St Francis High School” was founded by the Catholic Church in 1842 and was the first Catholic school in Lahore. The Pakistani government nationalized the institute in 1972. The school is considered one of the best high schools in the city.

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