Pakistan army foils major terrorist attack on Easter Sunday

Pakistan army foils major terrorist attack on Easter Sunday

Pakistan army foils major terrorist attack on Easter Sunday

In this Dec. 11, 2016 file photo, security forces examine the scene inside the St. Mark Cathedral in central Cairo, following a bombing that killed dozens of people. A 20-minute video from an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt, which emerged Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, showed the suicide bomber who attacked the church and vowed more attacks on the country's Christian minority. The video said Christians are the extremist group's "favorite prey." (Credit: AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File.)

After two Coptic Christian churches were attacked in Egypt during the Easter season, Christians around the world have been on high alert. Many Christian leaders have hoped for an uptick in security especially during Easter weekend. That has proven itself helpful already in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s military says security forces foiled a “major terrorist attack” on minority Christians when they killed a militant and detained his associate in the eastern city of Lahore.

In a statement, the military said Saturday four soldiers were wounded in an overnight raid.

It was unclear which militant group wanted to target Easter Sunday in Lahore, where more than 70 people were killed in a 2016 suicide bombing at a park, which was crowded with Christians and Muslims at the time.

The latest raid came hours after Christians celebrated Good Friday by worshipping at city churches.

Security forces in recent months have stepped up operations against militants but Friday’s raid and shootout came as Christians prepared to celebrate the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead.

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