Christians in Pakistan Fear More Persecution Following Wave of Attacks on Christian Children
Over the past month, a series of attacks on Christians has many in Pakistan afraid of greater persecution to come in the near future. Just over a month ago, two suicide bombers attacks two churches in a predominately Christian neighborhood in Lahore. The attack claimed 19 lives and wounded over 100 others. Since the bombings, Christian children have been attacked in a series of incidents, including the burning of a 15-year-old. Masked men beat and burned the boy after he told them he was a Christians. Will attacks on Christians in Pakistan continue to escalate?
4/23/2015 Pakistan (Christian Today) – Christians in Pakistan are fearing more attacks following a fresh wave of violence targeting Christian children by Muslim hardliners.
In his blog post, CBN Senior International Reporter Gary Lane expressed fear that attacks against children could be an indication that Islamic extremists in the country are growing bolder in following their counterparts in Iraq and Syria.
“More acts of violence and intimidation against Pakistan’s small Christian minority are expected in the days ahead. Keep praying that God will protect them, and give them the courage and strength to endure this recent wave of persecution,” Cary said.
Last month, bombers attacked two churches in Youhanabad killing 14 Christians and wounding 100 others.
Christian militants responded by lynching two of the bombing suspects and Muslim hardliners targeted the Christian community in retaliation.
In one horrific incident, two Muslim extremists chased, beat and burned 15-year-old Nauman Masih, a young Christian man, because of his religion. Nauman died in hospital due to the severe burns he sustained on his body.