Ataques com armas e bombas mortais contra duas igrejas em Lahore, em 15 de março, inflamaram as tensões entre muçulmanos e cristãos, especialmente devido a morte de dois muçulmanos decorrentes aos ataques. Pelo menos 17 pessoas, incluindo dois policiais, morreram nesse dia. As ações aconteceram nas proximidades de Youhanabad de Lahore, onde ficam as Igrejas Christ Church Youhanabad e Igreja de São João. As explosões aconteceram quando muitas pessoas acompanhavam o culto de domingo no bairro de Yuhanabad, onde vivem quase 100.000 cristãos.

Nabila Ghazanfar, porta-voz da polícia, informou à AFP que pelo menos dois agentes morreram e os hospitais da cidade declararam estado de emergência, ante o temor do aumento do número de mortos. Um pastor identificado apenas como David declarou que "uma das explosões aconteceu na entrada de uma igreja onde um grupo de pessoas estava reunido".

"Outra explosão aconteceu na segunda igreja do bairro. Entre as duas existe uma distância de 500 metros", disse o religioso. No primeiro templo, entre as janelas quebradas e os tapetes manchados de sangue, muitos cristãos choravam pelas vítimas dos ataques, que provocaram protestos violentos. Os manifestantes atiraram pedras contra a polícia, acusada de negligência na proteção aos cristãos e pediram para que fossem enviados mais oficiais para a região. Também destruíram carros e atacaram um ônibus. "A multidão agrediu até a morte dois suspeitos de participação nos ataques", disse Ghazanfar. Os cristãos, que representam 2% da população de 180 milhões de habitantes do Paquistão, foram alvos de diversos ataques nos últimos anos.

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