Lahore: At least 15 people were killed and 77 injured in twin blasts in Lahore on Sunday.
Both attacks took place during the Sunday prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the Youhanabad.
According to a police spokeswoman, two of the dead were beaten to death by an angry mob, six were Christians and two were policemen who had been on guard duty.
“Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.
“The angry mob protesting after the blast beat to death two people whom they suspected of being associates of the attackers.”
Dozens of protesters also clashed with police, attacking their cars with stones and sticks, as women wept and beat their heads and chests.
Broken window panes, blood and shoes were scattered across the blast sites.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and extended his condolences to the families who lost their dear ones.
“Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has condemned the Lahore blasts and directed provincial governments to ensure the security of public and their properties,” a statement carried by state media said.
Sharif also sought reports on the incident and directed the authorities concerned for provision of best medical facilities to the injured.
The Prime Minister said the government was committed to eradicate the menaces of terrorism and extremism from the country.
He asked all provincial governments to beef up security and take all possible measures to safeguard lives and properties of the people. (PhotoNews / Agencies)