A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a church in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing 40 people after Sunday mass, security officials said, the deadliest sectarian attack since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn in in June.
Christians make up about four percent of Pakistan's population of 180 million and tend to keep a low profile in a country where Sunni Muslim militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical, including Christians, Sufis and Shi'ites.
'Terrorists have not spared mosques, temples and churches. Please have mercy on us," one man outside the church, his face distorted by fear and anger, told Pakistan's private Geo channel.
Police said the death toll included at least four children, two policemen and six women and was likely to rise.
Peshawar's deputy commissioner, Zaheerul Islam, told Geo that 40 people were killed and 70 wounded in a densely populated area near a market.
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