LAHORE: Two explosions went off near a church in Lahore city during Sunday prayers, wounding at least 70 people with more casualties feared, Media reported.
“Police and rescue workers have been sent to the spot.”
Members of Christian community are protesting in various parts of the country, including Karachi and Sialkot.
In Karachi, protests against the attacks are being held at Essa Nagri and North Nazimabad.
PTI condemns the Lahore Church incident and appeals volunteers to reach the Hospital and donate blood.
Doctor Mohammad Saeed Sohbin, medical superintendent of the nearby General Hospital, told AFP: “We have received 10 dead bodies and 52 injured.”
He said some of the injured had burn injuries while others had been shot.
Nabila Ghazanfar, a police spokeswoman, said two of the dead were beaten to death by an angry mob, six were Christians and two were policemen who had been on guard duty.
“Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.
As the number of injured rises to 70, hospitals in Lahore have appealed to people to donate blood.
Members of the Christian community are also protesting in Karachi against the attacks.
“Mosques and churches across Punjab have been put on high alert,” IG Punjab says.
1:06pm: “Both the blasts were suicide blasts,” DIG operations Haider Ashraf confirms.
Further, he urges people to remain calm.
“I was sitting at a shop near the church when a blast jolted the area. I rushed towards the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church, after failing, he blew himself up,” witness Amir Masih tells Reuters.
“Ten people have been killed and over 48 injured in the attacks,” General Hospital spokesperson says.
The deceased include a child and a police constable.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has condemned the blast and sought a report from police.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the blast