• In this Monday, March 28, 2016 photo, women try to comfort a Christian mother who lost her son in bomb attack, claimed responsibility by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, in Lahore, Pakistan. One of Pakistan’s most vicious militant groups, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has dramatically stepped its attacks over the past month in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it. It has eclipsed the Pakistani Taliban as the main militant group in a country where multiple armed extremist factions operate. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary, File)

    Pakistan militant group jumps to prominence with attacks

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — One of Pakistan’s most vicious militant groups has dramatically stepped up its attacks over the past month, striking mosques, Christians and security forces in attacks that have killed more than 60 people in what appears to be a backlash to military operations against it.