Church leaders in Pakistan offer condolences after school blast

Islamic scholar Haqqani reciting the Quran immediately before the blast (Twitter)

Church leaders in Pakistan are offering condolences to the victims of an explosion that killed seven people at a religious school near the Afghan border yesterday. Source: UCA News.

At least seven people, including four students, were killed and more than 70 injured in the blast at the Jamia Zuberia madrasa (college) in Peshawar.

The madrasa was known for having links with Afghanistan. Video footage posted by social media users shows Islamic scholar Haqqani reciting the Quran before collapsing in the fiery blast.

According to police, an improvised explosive device was hidden in a bag inside the madrasa.

Fr Nasir William, director of the Commission for Social Communications in Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese, condemned the blast.

“My condolences with Muslim siblings who were decorating streets and mosques for Eid Milad-un-Nabi, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, this Friday. Our hearts are heavy seeing the books covered in ash and bodies in a holy place,” he said.

“The Covid-19 pandemic had already shattered our peace. Worshippers are slowly returning to places of worship following the lockdown. This is so wrong,” said Fr Sohail Patrick of St. Michael’s Church in Peshawar.

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Blast at Pakistan madrasa kills seven, injures 70 (By Kamran Chaudhry, UCA News)

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