Church Attack in Pakistan Maybe Aimed at Americans

Pakistani authorities are investigating possible links between an attack on a Christian church in Islamabad March 17 and a deadly assault in October on another congregation in nearby Punjab province. In both cases the apparent targets of the attacks were Americans. The group being investigated is a banned Sunni Muslim militant organization with strong links to the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

Also under investigation is the possibility that the Islamabad attack-which killed five people including U.S. embassy employee Barbara Green and her 17-year-old daughter-was a suicide mission. That could mark a worrisome expansion of the deadliest, and most difficult to stop, form of terrorism. Four of those killed in the attack on the Protestant International Church in Islamabad's diplomatic quarter have been identified, but the fifth-perhaps the attacker who detonated at least three grenades-was injured beyond recognition.