World

Twin blasts near church wound 27 worshippers during Sunday service in eastern Pakistan

  • Pakistani Christian girls mourn over a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistani Christian girls mourn over a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Pakistani Christian woman mourns over a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    A Pakistani Christian woman mourns over a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani Christians and rescue workers gather outside a church damaged from a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistani Christians and rescue workers gather outside a church damaged from a suicide bombing attack in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Pakistani police officer says twin blasts near a church in the eastern city of Lahore has wounded at least 27 worshippers.

Haider Ashraf says the explosions occurred in quick succession in the Christian neighborhood of Youhana Abad during Sunday services inside the church.

Ashraf says police are investigating whether the blasts came from a planted bomb or a suicide attack.

Local television footage showed an angry crowd beating a person they thought was connected to the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings.

Islamist extremist groups and militants have targeted Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan in past.