Victims of All Saints Church attack remembered at a candle light vigil

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September 22, 2017 marks fourth anniversary of the deadly terror attack on the All Saints Church in Peshawar. On September 22, 2013, twin suicide bombers struck the All Saints Church hitting hundreds of congregants who had just finished their Sunday service.

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Remembering the victims of the attack, a special prayer service and candle light vigil was held at the All Saints Church. The service was led by Rt. Rev. Humphrey Peters; candles were lit in the memory of the victims of terror attack. This service was attended by Christians from all walks of life, who paid homage to the victims and their families.

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On this occasion, photos of the victims were displayed on the walls while attendees lit candles paying homage to the victims. Among those present were young Christian social activists including Yasir Bhatti, Suleman Javed, Junaid Khokhar and Romail who paid rich tributes to the congregants of the All Saints Church. They said that the congregation had borne the brunt of terrorism with great courage and perseverance.

Up to 600 people reportedly attended the service and were filing out of the church building into the compound to receive food being distributed on the lawn outside, when two explosions ripped through the crowd. The attack was the deadliest so far in Pakistan’s history. Azim Ghori an eye witness stated: “As soon as the service finished and the food was being distributed, all of a sudden we heard one explosion, followed by another.”

The attack had generated nation-wide anger among the Christians in Pakistan. Pouring condemnation over the attack and criticizing lack of security measures for minorities, Christians staged protest in all major cities including Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad and Multan.

Archdiocese of Peshawar detailed that majority of the Sunday school children and members of choir died and were severely injured as they were all present in the church compound at the time of the attack.