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Pakistan: Gunmen kill one priest, injure another on their way home from church

Pakistan is home to over two million Christians. A small number of these Christians are Orthodox. Orthodox Christians in Pakistan are under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia, which comprises all the Orthodox Communities, Parishes, Foundations and Philanthropic Projects in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Brunei, Timor, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, as well as Pakistan.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

“Gunmen kill priest on his way home from church in Pakistan,” by Jibran Ahmad, Reuters, January 30, 2022:

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Gunmen killed a Christian priest and wounded another as the clerics drove home from church in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday, police said.

Two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the car on the city’s ring-road, killing Pastor William Siraj instantly, officers added.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting in a city where scores of people died in a twin suicide bombing outside a church in 2013 – one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan’s Christian minority….

Pastor Siraj’s colleague – named by Bishop Azad as the Reverend Patrick Naeem – was out of danger and being treated for his injuries, a spokesman for the city’s Lady Reading hospital said….

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