Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

Car Bombing at Bible Society Injures Eleven in Pakistan

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
A recent car bombing outside the Bible Society office in Karachi in southern Pakistan injured at least eleven people. Prior to the attack, police had received notice that the Bible Society office would be targeted and so were on guard when the explosion happened. A motorcycle drove by and a small explosive device, possibly a firecracker, was thrown at the officers. Several minutes later, while investigating the first explosion, a nearby car bomb exploded. Several vehicles in close proximity were destroyed and one wall of the historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church was seriously damaged. Among the injured are six police officers and two employees of the Bible Society, none seriously. This is the first attack of this type against Christians in Pakistan in over a year. No one has yet claimed responsibility. Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) spokesman, Glenn Penner, commented, "I have a deep concern that this is only the beginning of a rising swell of violence against Christians in Pakistan. Islamic militantism is by no means under control in this nation. We need to be praying for the government of Pakistan and praying that Christians will be wise in knowing how to conduct themselves in these increasingly dangerous days." Penner urged prayer for a quick recovery for those injured in this attack and that those responsible will be brought to justice. (This news item is taken from a special edition of ÒThe Persecution & Prayer AlertÓ issued by VOM.)

As such militantism increases around the world, let us recognize that much of it is aimed at Christians. Let us not be blind to this threat and indeed pray the Lord that Christians will know how to conduct themselves and that they will be strong and brave in the Lord

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