The Pakistani army has detained at least 216 people after conducting raids and interrogating thousands to investigate the suicide bomb attack on Easter Sunday that targeted Christians and killed 73 people. Security for hundreds of churches has also been increased in the country.
"More than 5,000 people were searched and interrogated and most of them were allowed to go, but some 216 have been apprehended for further investigations," Rana Sanaullah, the law minister of Punjab province, whose capital Lahore was the scene of the terror attack, told reporters, according to AFP.
At least 56 intelligence operations had been held as of Tuesday in Punjab, and more are being undertaken in all districts of the province. more >>
In the wake of the bombing attack in Lahore Sunday that killed over 70 people, one Pakistani pastor was forced to take on the heavy responsibility of presiding over the burial services for six children and young adults Easter Monday.
About 29 children died after a suicide bomber affiliated with a Pakistani Taliban offshoot blew himself up in front of families celebrating Easter Sunday in one of Lahore's largest recreational parks.
Pakistani Christian families are burying their deceased children and other family members following the deadly suicide bomb attack on Easter Sunday at a park in Lahore, which killed close to 72 people, mostly women and children.
Christian pastors, along with parents of the victims, have accused the central government of not doing enough to protect Christians from radical terror that continues to take the lives of innocent victims.
"The government has proved it cannot keep people safe so the army should take over security," said Pastor Shakil Anjum of the Children's Chapel, according to the Guardian. "They have strengthened security at our churches but now terrorists are coming to public spaces to kill us." more >>
ISIS and its supporters posted an online poll last week asking which nation they should launch a terror attack against next.
The poll was introduced with the question: "What will be the color of the Eiffel Tower in the next attacks?" according to the Daily Mail.
Prime Minister David Cameron focused his Easter Sunday message on the importance of being proud of one's Christian faith, especially following the Brussels terror attacks that killed 35 last week.
Speaking in a pre-recorded video message, the prime minister described Great Britain as a "Christian country with Christian values," adding that citizens must "all stand together and defend them," in his Easter message released Sunday.
Cameron added that when "terrorists try to destroy our way of life as they have tried to do again so despicably in Brussels — we must stand together and show that we will never be cowed by terror." more >>
BRUSSELS — Brussels prosecutors on Monday said they had charged three more people with participating in a terrorist group after a series of raids following bomb attacks on Brussels airport and a metro train last week.
In a statement on Monday, the federal prosecutors named the three charged as Yassine A., Mohamed B. and Aboubaker O., adding they could not give further information about them at this stage.
They also said they had released without charge a fourth man they had been questioning. more >>