Christians protest after suicide bomb attack outside church kills 85

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Associated Press

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani Christians have been staging rallies and protests around the country today, a day after an attack on a church in the northwestern city of Peshawar that has claimed 85 lives.

Two suicide bombers struck amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church. It's the deadliest attack ever against Christians in Pakistan.

A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility. The group said the attacks would continue to target non-Muslims until the U.S. stops drone attacks in Pakistan.

Protesters blocked roads around the country, burning tires on one of the main roads into the capital, as they demanded government protection. In the evening, police say, clashes broke out between Christian protesters and Muslims in the southern port city of Karachi, leaving one person dead.

The bombings raised new questions about the Pakistani government's push to strike a peace deal with the militants to end an insurgency that has lasted for decades, killing thousands of people.

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APPHOTO ANJ107: Pakistani Christians participate in a demonstration to condemn a suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Angry Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) (23 Sep 2013)

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