Police open terrorism case over Christian lynching of Muslims

2015-03-25 17:02
(KM Chaudary, AP)

(KM Chaudary, AP)

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Islamabad - Pakistani police have brought terrorism charges after a mob of Christian men allegedly lynched two Muslims in apparent retaliation for Taliban attacks on churches, an official said on Wednesday.

The charges were laid against unnamed individuals, in a procedure which allows the investigation to proceed on an anti-terrorism basis before suspects are identified.

An angry mob of Christian youths bludgeoned to death two Muslim men and set their bodies on fire after two Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up outside churches in the eastern city of Lahore on 15 March.

The mob accused the men of aiding the bombers but an investigation found they were not involved, a police official told dpa.

At least 40 Christian men identified from video footage of the attack were being questioned, said the official, who is part of the investigation team.

Seventeen people were killed in the bombings, the latest in a string of attacks against religious minorities in Pakistan.

The government deployed troops to control the rioting that erupted in the neighbourhood following the blasts.

Christians make up around 1.6% of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population of 180 million.

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