A Taliban splinter group has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 81 people and injured 120 more at a Protestant church in Pakistan where a crowd of 500 people had gathered to celebrate Easter Sunday, according to CNN.
Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump shared messages on social media condemning the attacks. For Cruz and Kasich, their words ran along similar lines.
According to his campaign website, Cruz said that “The evil that is radical Islamism struck in Pakistan today the very day we celebrate the resurrection of the Prince of Peace — in a shocking display of savagery. Once again we are reminded there are no holidays from this enemy, and no one — not commuters going to work in Brussels, not mothers and children celebrating Easter in a park in Lahore — are immune from its wrath. We must redouble our resolve to band with friends and allies to defeat it. Our prayers are with our brothers and sisters in Pakistan.”
On his campaign site https://www.johnkasich.com/blog-posts/statement-by-gov-john-kasich-on-terrorist-attack-in-pakistan/, Kasich said, in part, "Coming on the heels of the terrorist attacks in Belgium, it is further confirmation that radical terrorists are at war with our culture, our values and our way of life. This type of terrorism is an existential threat to all who share our values. It must be defeated. The need for a strong America is greater than ever, and we must rise to the challenge. When America retreats or shows weakness, the entire world shudders."
Trump took to Twitter with a more succinct statement.
After briefly describing the "radical Islamic attack," he simply stated: "I alone can solve."