81 dead of church blast laid to rest, probe committee constituted, protest continues

Peshawar: 81 people including women and children killed in Kohati Church blast victims have been laid to rest in three different graveyards of the city on Monday while 69 injured are still under treatment in different wards of Lady Reading Hospital. According to Lady Reading Hospital management out of 62 injured who are still under treatment in hospital.

21 are children while 27 are female. Six of the injured are shifted to other hospitals for treatment while the remaining injured are being given treatment at different wards of the hospital, said PRO of LRH. He said that 76 other injured have been discharged of hospital after completing treatment from the hospital. Those killed in the blast have been buried in different Christian graveyards of Peshawar after their last rituals were completed at various churches. Among them 56 deceased have been buried in Wazir Bagh Graveyard, 18 in Gora Qabristan, and seven in Phandoo Road Graveyard. On This occasion strict security measures had been taken to avoid any untoward incident. Among the dead there were 34 women and seven children.

To Mourn the deadly incident federal government had announced a three-day period of national mourning. Meanwhile a four-member committee to probe yesterday’s twin suicide bombings at a church has been constituted. As per directives of Federal Interior Minister police have chalked out a new security plan for the protection of minorities in the province. On the other hand, an initial report of the church attack prepared stated that the suicide bombers appeared 20/25 years old. Police said that the eyewitnesses’ report of the incident were found contradictory, as some of them stated that the attackers were in police uniform, while some others told that they were wearing ‘burqa’ veils. The tragedy came to pass after two suicide attackers blew themselves up outside All Saints Church near Kohati Gate inside city on Sunday. To protest the deadly attack on the church the Christian Community on the 2nd took to the city roads and blocked roads near Gora Qabristan and Provincial Assembly four hours. The blockades of the roads badly disturbed the traffic in the city and huge traffic jams were seen on various link roads after closer of GT road.

Deliberations between members of the Christian community and provincial ministers were unsuccessful as the Christian community was demanding that the army not the police be deployed at churches.

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