Taliban wing claims responsibility for church attack that killed at least 60


Associated Press

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 6:33 AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A wing of the Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadliest assault ever on Pakistan's Christian minority.

At least 60 people were killed and 120 wounded when a pair of suicide bombers attacked a historic church in Peshawar (puh-SHAH'-wuhr) following services today.

A government official says the attack occurred as hundreds of worshippers were coming out of All Saints Church to get a free meal of rice on the front lawn.

A man who identified himself as the spokesman for the Jundullah wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the group will continue to target non-Muslims until the United States stops drone attacks in Pakistan's remote tribal region.

Jundullah has previously claimed responsibility for attacks on minority Shiite Muslims in the southwestern Baluchistan province. Hard-line Sunni extremists like the Taliban consider Shiites to be heretics.

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