The church was conducting different programs in December for Christmas celebrations. At the time of attack the Sunday School Christmas program was in process. Provincial Police Chief Moazzam Jah Ansari reported that the first attacker did suicidal attack at the gate to the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church while the second attacker opened fired on worshipers during a midday service. The security forces exchanged fire hence the second attacker who was initially wounded and is now been killed.
The meanwhile raid of the police did not let the terrorists reach the main region of the church, otherwise there would have been more causalities. “We have cleared the immediate area around the church, and we are now clearing a peripheral area further out,” Provincial police chief Ansari said.
Over 200 people were gathered at the church meeting when the terrorist attacked. Around 57 people are wounded in the result of church attack according to a hospital official Waseem Ahmed, of Civil Hospital. The people who died due to attack included 3 females.
Four terrorists tried to attempt severe attack on the Methodist church in Quetta during Sunday mass. One terrorist blew himself with his suicidal jacket when the second tried to blow himself, the meanwhile raid of the police make him shot dead after cross fire. While the other two fled from the church site and the police is searching for them yet. The bomb disposals also defused the second terrorist jacket which he was about to blow.
Quetta which is the capital of Balochistan province often becomes target of terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Yet not any terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the church attack of Quetta.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal strongly condemned the church attack and called the terrorists action ‘cowardly attacks’.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called this terrorist attempt “an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations or create religious cleavages.”