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ISIS claims responsibility for an attack outside a church in Quetta


Another terrorist attack on Christians in Quetta, leaves two dead. Terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the drive-by shooting incident. The attack unfolded in Essa Nagri- a Christian majority neighborhood of Quetta. A police official confirmed that eight others were also injured and were taken to Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMC). All the victims hailed from Christian community. The injured include girls also.

Christians killed in an attack on church in Quetta

In line with details, on April 15, Sunday when the worshipers were going back to their homes, unidentified gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a group of Christian worshipers outside the church. A local police official told AFP that “Four men on two motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire, killing two people while injuring three others”.

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Followed by the incident, agitated Christians protested the killings. Another police official stated: “Around 500” protesters blocked a road by placing the bodies of the two victims in the middle.” The police negotiated with the protestors in order to disperse the crowd.

Terror group Islamic State, publicized a statement through its online news agency Amaq. The group claimed responsibility for the attack, however did not provide any evidence supporting its claims. The statement disclosed that ISIS’s regional affiliate had carried out the attack.

The deceased included Rahib Khalid and Azhar Iqbal who were rushed to the hospital but succumbed to their injuries. Their family members accused that the hospital staff displayed professional negligence and did not provide the victims with immediate medical treatment.

During April this is second major attack on Christians in Quetta, provincial capital of Baluchistan. On April 2, all four unidentified gunmen riding motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire on four Christians in Shah Zaman Neighborhood in Quetta. Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack. All four were members of same family. Victims died on the spot, while the assailants fled on the motorcycle.