Death toll rises after Peshawar blasts



Peshawar - A Pakistani police official says the death toll from a church bombing has risen to 81 as angry Christians protested the deadliest attack ever in Pakistan against members of their faith.

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A Pakistani Christian carries an injured woman to hospital after two suicide bomb attacks on a church in the city of Peshawar.

Police official Noor Khan says the death toll from Sunday's bombing in the north-western city of Peshawar rose overnight to 81, after three more of the wounded died.

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers.

A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing and said they would continue to target non-Muslims until the US stops drone attacks in the remote tribal region.

Angry Christians blocked roads around the country on Monday to protest the bombings.

Christians are a minority in Pakistan and have often been attacked by militants.


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