Mardan church hit by grenade attack

Published: September 14, 2010
The explosion occurred near the cantonment area of Mardan.

The explosion occurred near the cantonment area of Mardan.


Two policemen were injured in an attack on a local church in Mardan district early Monday, police said.

Unidentified persons, who were suspected to be militants, attacked the Sarhadi Church with hand-grenades around midnight, said a police official of Mardan Cantt police station.

Police said that the grenade was wrapped in a piece of cloth and lobbed at the gate of the church. The church’s gate and walls were damaged in the attack.

Two policemen on guard were injured and rushed to the Mardan City Hospital. One of them was identified as Fazl-e-Rabi.

Heavy contingents of police reached the spot and cordoned off the area. A search operation was also started. Police sources said that some suspects were taken into custody but it was not clear how many arrests were made.

Mardan is Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s second-largest city and also home to Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti.

This is the second attack on a minority place of worship in Mardan in the past 10 days. Earlier, on September 3, a suicide bomber struck at the entrance of an Ahmadi worship place, killing a policeman and injuring five others during Friday prayers.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th, 2010.

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  • Sadia Hussain
    Sep 14, 2010 - 3:36PM

    Another attack on the minorities, while we have talked so much about the crazy Florida pastor why not reflect upon ourselves and see how minorities are treated in Pakistan, as they live as endangered species. The attack on a church in mardan is horrifying as the minorities have been displaced and adversely affected by the Taliban onslaught. Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 15, 2010 - 10:17AM

    Why don’t we check our own Terry Jones ??? He was only one person from USA who is not given any importance even in his own country and on the other hand every third person here is more dangerous than Terry Jones when it comes to burning the houses, killings, looting, forced conversions and burning the worship places including the Holy Books of minorities. We have not seen any convictions, only lip service is what has been witnessed. The law of the land gives protection to these junghoos. Apart from what takes place in Pakistan, now lot is pouring out from Indian held Kashmir where they have burnt Churches, schools and houses belonging to a very small Christian population. Hate begets hate, love promotes more love and this is the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ and not of people like Terry Jones mindsets. Recommend

  • Maz
    Sep 15, 2010 - 11:10AM

    Illiterate fools and you were saying why the wolrd hates us this is the proof.when you cannot protect your own minorities how can you cry and ask for mercy where you are minority.Recommend

  • roland khairallah
    Sep 16, 2010 - 2:40PM

    It is too unfortunate to always hear and see that Muslims always seek for any reason or occasion whatsoever to strike the Christians and their churches and properties and burn their Holy Book all over the Islamic world . It is enough to anyone to look at the Christians monuments in the Islamic world to see this naked truth . All these cruel actions have always been taken against the Christians centuries ago and still . The Church , all over the world , have always been baptized with the Christian blood that have generated Saints all over the centuries . How can any man believe that Islam is a religion of peace and love , a religion of God like Islams always say , when we see them adopting hatred , terrorism , bloodshed , acts of violence , chaos , destruction … etc … and they commit it in every occasion whatsoever against their brothers the Christians to no end ? And we see none in the Islamic world who condemn seriously and strongly such insane violence in order to give a different picture of the Islam religion not only to the Christians but to the whole world as well . In the right teachings , God is a God of love and mercy and is also a God of justice to sinners who have always committed such acts of violence and never wanted to repent . I really wonder when the Muslims all over the world shall understand this truth and repent before it will be too late ? The last Judgment shall never be merciful to those who never repent in their lives . I strongly believe that Islams believe in God in a blind way backed with ignorance and so do Satan himself too , more than anyone do , but look what Satan do to human kind . He is the source of hatred , terrorism , bloodshed , acts of violence , chaos , destruction , war . killings , turning men against each other … etc … in the last Judgment what shall happen to him ? if he shall be condemned by God for committing these sins and shall be sent to eternal fire , then every man who do the same as Satan always did shall face the same end as well . I shall always pray to God for all those who kill in his name and follow Satan’s will to have mercy on their lost souls , to put his light in their dark hearts in order to reject every evil teaching and will that they have adopted , to change their inner hell to inner heaven and make them learn how to live according to his will in peace and love and become the source of happiness and joy to every human being . Amen .Recommend

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