Three Christians among 26 killed in Ferozepur Road bomb attack
26 Jul 2017
Lahore: July 26, 2017. (PCP) A motorcycle bomb attack at Kot Lakhpat, Lahore killed 3 Christians among 26 and injured 54 while 9 policemen were also dead which meant that target of suicide bomber was law enforcement agencies like Quetta and Peshawar.
Senior police officer Haider Ashraf gave a press statement today in which he said that 'a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted officers guarding a demolition site at Kot Lakhpat's vegetable market'.
The bomb exploded in one of the most secure parts of the city, in fact Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif's office is only a few hundred metres away from the detonation site.
Mehwish Bhatti lead officer for the British Pakistani Christian Association has been meeting victims of the recent bomb attack on Ferozepur Road in Lahore. During her many visits, she has been sharing condolences with families of those who have been killed and injured from amongst the Christian victims. She will be visiting Muslim victims in hospital from today and will be providing counselling and prayers for any who wish to receive it.
The first family Mehwish met was the family of Saul Samuel (11 yrs). Saul was in the vegetable market area at, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore waiting for a rickshaw. Saul was going to travel to his father Samuel Masih at Liberty Market where they sell small toys and drinks every day. He dedicated a few hours after school every day so that he could help his father earn money to support the family.
When the incendiary device exploded at 3.30pm on Monday 24th July 201, Saul was amongst those nearest to the blast and is believed to have died instantly from the force of explosion. His family only realised he was killed after the young boy so close to his teens, failed to arrive at work. After hearing about the explosion family members rushed to the scene of the bomb attack and found young Sam dead.
Saul was a regular church attendee at Full Gospel Assembly Church in Bahar Colony, Lahore. His father tells us that in recent months he was developing a great passion for scripture and even expressed a desire to be baptized.
One Christian was working in roadside vendor shop and other was merchant who died in bomb blast.