Pakistan Quetta Church under Suicidal Attack

19 December, 2017, 11:46 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Bethel Memorial Methodist Church

Balochistan provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti said around 250 people normally attend the church on Sundays, but attendance had swelled to around 400 because it was close to Christmas.

The two bombers were stopped right at the doors of the church, then one detonated his vest and the other died in a firefight with a security guard.

Islamic State (IS) group has claimed the responsibility of the suicide bomb attack on Quetta church, reported global news agency AFP.

Police official Abdur Razaq Cheema told media that at least two attackers were able to escape and said that a search is underway.

On the other hand, security forces' incompetence despite new tactical training and latest weapons is itself a question mark.

Hospital officials said two women were among the dead while another five women and two children were among the wounded.

CCTV footage released by the police showed the attackers, both carrying guns, approaching the church gates.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Following the attack, rescue teams, security forces and police rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and injured to the hospitals.

The Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, located on Quetta's Zarghoon Road, came under attack when four terrorists entered the building and opened fired at worshippers.

Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack, calling it "an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations/create religious cleavages". Effective response by LEAs is commendable.

Many casualties resulted from a second attacker firing upon worshippers who too was killed.

A decorated Christmas tree remained standing after a blast ripped through the entrance of the church.

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Pakistani officials denied that IS had an organised presence in the country, however, even though the terrorist group has claimed responsibility for several other attacks in Baluchistan in recent years. He also expressed his sympathies with the victims' families and wished for early recovery of the injured.

There are about 2 million Pakistani Christians living in the country. One successfully detonated his explosive vest, while the other was defused, Ansari said, adding that two other attackers fled without putting up a fight.

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