Christians across Pakistan on Monday (September 23) protested a day after suicide blasts killed 78 people at a church in the north western city of Peshawar.

A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Pakistan after Sunday (September 22) mass, in the deadliest attack in recent history on Christians in the predominantly Muslim country.

The explosions struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar, near the frontier tribal areas where Islamist militants have their strongholds, as hundreds of parishioners, many of them women and children, streamed out of the building.

More than 100 people were wounded, authorities said.

Hundreds of protesters chanting, "stop terrorism" blocked the Islamabad expressway by burning branches, tyres and rags across the road. In the port city of Karachi, around 200 protesters took to the streets.

Christians make up about 4 percent of Pakistan's population of 180 million, and tend to keep a low profile in a country where Sunni Muslim militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical, including Christians and Sufi and Shi'ite Muslims.

Attacks on Christian areas occur sporadically around the country but Sunday's assault, in a densely populated Christian residential area in the old walled city in Peshawar, was the most violent in recent history.

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