Houston Islamic community in shock after terror attack in Pakistan

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HOUSTON, TX - It was a bloody Sunday in Pakistan.  At least 70 people were killed, most of them women and children, when a suicide bomber detonated at a public park in the city of Lahore.  A Taliban faction claimed responsibility for the attack, aimed specifically at Christians celebrating Easter.

After this attack, the deadliest since 2014, the Pakistani government said they will recruit paramilitary groups to crack down on terrorism.  In America, the Muslim community is still in shock.

"This is a horrible attack," expressed M. J. Khan, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and Pakistan native. "These people are criminals; they don't belong to any religion; they don't belong to any faith."

On Sunday, volunteers gathered at the Masjid Al Salam mosque in North Houston to donate blood and show their solidarity with the victims.

"To show our support for the victims of terrorism I organized a blood drive in the mosque," said Ejaz Hossain.  "Yesterday a total of 50 people came in."

When terror strikes, good people of all faiths unite.

"We're supposed to be merciful and kind to everybody; we're supposed to care for others," Khan added.  "This has no place in any religion."

The civilized world should stop this madness so that the madness doesn't stop the civilized world.