Police open terrorism case over Christian lynching of Muslims

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

(KM Chaudary, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Read more on:    pakistan

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.