Pakistan deploys troops after riots over church attacks

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says paramilitary troops were deployed to prevent more rioting by minority Christians after the deadly Taliban church attacks in the eastern city of Lahore.

Lahore’s police chief says the soldiers fanned out on the streets today as funerals of the last of the victims were underway. He said those attending the burial services went through strict security checks.

The twin Taliban suicide bombings struck two churches in a Christian neighborhood of Lahore on Sunday, killing 17 people.

The attack set off two days of rioting in which angry Christians burned to death two people they suspected of being involved in the bombings, and two Christian protesters died after being hit by a car that tried to drive through their roadblock.

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