Violent protests erupt over deadly church attacks; 2 dead

inp 16-26LAHORE:  Raged at deadly twin suicide bombings at churches in Lahore that claimed 14 lives on Sunday, the Christian community took to the streets on second consecutive day on Monday in different cities of Punjab, blocked roads and raised slogans against the government.

At least five people were injured who clashed with police deployed at Ferozpur road to disperse the protesters.

Senior PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah also reached the site to hold talks with the incensed demonstrators, however they also besieged Sanaullah and criticized the government.

An unfortunate incident occurred when a speeding car, in an attempt to escape violent protest on Ferozpur Road, ran over several protesters in which two people were killed, sparking more outrage among the Christian community. The woman driver was arrested by the police.

At least 14 injured were brought to the General Hospital for treatment. Hospital sources confirmed that two people had died who were run over by the vehicle.

Sunday’s attacks in the Youhanabad neighbourhood of Lahore sparked mob violence in which two other suspected militants were killed, with Christians smashing up cars and a bus station in a rare show of anger from the persecuted minority group.

More than 1,000 police were deployed in the neighbourhood Monday, where many protesters had armed themselves with clubs, but the situation remained calm. “We are on the roads to get justice, we want protection,” 50-year-old protester Maqbool Bhatti said.

Bhatti, a government employee, said authorities had failed to take adequate security measures. “There was no proper security on Sunday, the government should protect all churches,” he said. DNA

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