LAHORE - Police on Sunday night threw a massive security blanket across the provincial metropolis to guard churches, parks and markets, as the Christian community is all set to celebrate Christmas today.

According to Lahore DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf, more than 15,000 police were deployed across the provincial metropolis for Christmas security. The police were taking unprecedented security measures to protect churches and public places, he said.

The city police last week devised a comprehensive security strategy to guard churches, markets, parks, and communities. The security searches are also intensified at the entry and exit points of the provincial metropolis.

The latest security measures come barely one week after the gun and bomb attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Balochistan. At least nine people were killed and 30 injured when suicide bombers targeted the worshippers during a prayer.

In order to ensure best security arrangements for all the churches located in the city, the worship places of minorities are divided into A, B, and C categories. In Lahore, police on Sunday night stepped up armed patrol and security sweep in the most sensitive areas, important markets and churches.