A pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing
75 78 people in the deadliest-ever attack on the country’s Christian minority, officials said.
A wing of the Pakistani Taleban claimed responsibility for the bombing in the city of Peshawar, saying it would continue to target non-Muslims until the United States stopped drone attacks in the country’s remote tribal region.
The latest drone strike came Sunday, when missiles hit a pair of compounds in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing six suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The attack on the All Saints Church, which also wounded 110 people, underlines the threat posed by the Pakistani Taleban at a time when the government is seeking a peace deal with the militants. It will likely intensify criticism from those who believe that negotiating peace with the Taleban is a mistake.