Thursday, May 2, 2013

One Dead and Several Injured after Muslim Extremists attack Christian Village in South Punjab

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- There has been a deadly attack in a Pakistani Christian village.

The Pakistan Christian Post (The Post) reported that according to sources speaking to the Center for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), the assault occurred late evening on April 26 in the village Chack no. 31/10-R, District Khanewal near Multan.

The Post said Samuel Masih, a Christian, was badly injured after getting shot in the neck. A Muslim, Mohammad Yousaf, died on the scene.

The Post said another man and a few Christians were also seriously injured. Police transported them to District Hospital Katcha Kho for treatment.

According to Shamim Masih, ANS special correspondent in Pakistan, Lazarus Allah Rakha and Rana Adnan, representatives of World Vision in Progress, said shots began when Christians were attacked, and Samuel Masih was hurt.

Shamim Masih said that according to CLAAS spokesman Joseph Francis, the village then turned into a battlefield where armed groups were observed exchanging gunfire with each other.

Police responded quickly and filed reports against suspects. More th an 20 people from both groups were reportedly arrested.

The Post said law enforcement has been helpful and provided security. However, as Muslims have reportedly threatened to burn down Christians' homes, police have asked residents to vacate the village and taken families to a safer location.

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