Fourth Pakistan nurse dies from church raid


A Pakistani nurse died today from wounds sustained during Friday's grenade attack on a hospital chapel, taking the death toll among the female missionary staff to four, a hospital worker said.

Nasim Sultan of the Presbyterian hospital in Taxila, where the attack took place, said the woman died in the early hours of this morning at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories Hospital in Wah, near Taxila. He said two other nurses injured in the blast were still in a serious condition.

One was in a hospital in the capital Islamabad in a coma after suffering splinter wounds to her head, and the other was still at a hospital in Wah. The grenade attack on a Presbyterian missionary hospital in which over 20 missionary staff were injured and one of the attackers killed, was the second strike against a Christian institution in a week.

On Monday six Pakistanis, including two security guards, were killed in a gun battle with three men who burst into a Protestant missionary school for foreign students in the resort town of Murree.

The attacks, both blamed on radical Islamic groups opposed to Pakistan's support of the US-led war on terror, have raised fears of a new wave of militancy aimed at Christian and Western targets.