PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A wing of the Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadliest attack ever on Pakistan’s Christian minority.
Officials say more than 75 people were killed and over 140 wounded when a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a historic church in Peshawar (puh-SHAH’-wuhr).
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.
The latest drone strike came today, when missiles hit a pair of compounds in the North Waziristan tribal area, killing six suspected militants, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.
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.