September 22, 2013 -- New York -- AJC is appalled by today’s
deadly terror attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Two suicide bombers struck as worshipers were leaving the All
Saints Church after celebrating Sunday Mass. More than 75 are dead, and at
least 100 wounded. Observers on the scene say the toll may go even higher.
“Radical Islamic terrorists, motivated by a blinding, intolerant
ideology to murder innocents and create mayhem, have now brought their recipe
for horror to one of Pakistan’s oldest churches,” said AJC Executive Director
David Harris. “Clearly, the two suicide bombers chose the timing of their
attack -- the end of Sunday morning religious services -- to produce maximum
AJC has expressed deep concern about repeated attacks on
Christians and other religious minorities in various Muslim-majority countries.
The global advocacy group has also spoken out before about assaults against
Christian targets in Pakistan.
In March, AJC urged Pakistan to step up efforts to protect the
country’s Christian minority, after more than 150 houses and two churches were
set on fire in the Joseph Colony, a small Christian neighborhood in Lahore.
“Following today’s double suicide bombings in Peshawar, we once
again urge the Pakistani authorities to do everything possible to protect the
country’s Christian minority” Harris stressed. “And there needs to be a
sustained global outcry in the face of such deadly attacks, fueled by religious
extremism. Sadly and inexplicably, however, that has been largely