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Pakistan Christians Protest Deadly Church Bombings

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Pakistani Christians pray for victims of a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches the day before, in Lahore, March 16, 2015.

Pakistani Christians pray for victims of a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches the day before, in Lahore, March 16, 2015.

Hundreds of Pakistan's minority Christians rallied in the eastern city of Lahore, blocking roads and shouting slogans in a second day of protests against twin suicide bombings outside two churches in the city that left 15 people dead.

Hundreds of police were deployed to the area Monday as Christian schools were closed for the funeral services for the victims.

Seventy people were wounded Sunday in the attacks when two gunmen tried to shoot their way into the churches during services in the majority-Christian Lahore suburb of Youhanabad. When security guards stopped them at the gates, the attackers detonated explosives.

Map of Lahore, Pakistan, showing the suburb of Youhanabad

Map of Lahore, Pakistan, showing the suburb of Youhanabad

After the attack, angry Christian mobs blocked highways, ransacked a bus station and killed two people they suspected of being involved in the attacks.

A militant group allied to the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan denounced the bombings as an "inhumane act" and said terrorists are hitting soft targets like churches and mosques in utter desperation following increased military action against them.

In the United States, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society condemned the attack and called for those responsible for organizing the crime to be brought to justice.

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