Pakistani Officials Thwart Terrorist Attack Against Church on Christmas Day

Remains of church whose contents were torched April 2018 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo courtesy of FMI).

Authorities in Pakistan thwarted an attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on a church in the city of Peshawar. Security forces raided a house several miles away, arresting four terrorists and seizing several explosive devices, including suicide bomber vests. One of the men arrested was the leader of a banned militia in the country.

But Bruce Allen of FMI says this news isn’t as good as it seems. “Our partner on the ground who lives in that district was a witness to the raid. He saw the men arrested. He now sees them back out on the streets. So they have not been detained. They were politely taken to a police station, interrogated, maybe some paperwork was drawn up, but they’re still back out on the streets.”

Terrorism against Pakistani Christians

Christians in Peshawar have already experienced terrorism firsthand. In 2013, suicide bombers killed over 100 Christians at the All Saints Church in the city.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Praise God for the faithfulness and boldness of Pakistani Christians as they treat their enemies with love.
  • Pray Pakistani believers in Peshawar would be safe from terrorist attacks.