The US has condemned the Taliban suicide attacks on two churches in Pakistan's Lahore city and said the right to practice religion freely is a basic human right.
"We strongly condemn Sunday's attack on innocent people at two churches in Lahore, and we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said yesterday.
"The United States stands in solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan in confronting this type of extremist violence," she said.
"We support the right of every person to practice religion without fear of intimidation, death, coercion, or any form of reprisal. This is a basic human right both in Pakistan and throughout the world," Psaki said.
The attacks later triggered mob violence in which two suspected militants were lynched and then set ablaze, resulting in their deaths.