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U.S. church to hold a special prayer vigil for persecuted Christians in Pakistan

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Following fresh wave of attacks on Christians in Pakistan, a United States church has organized a special prayer vigil for these persecuted Christians. This prayer vigil is scheduled to be held on April 21, Saturday. Christians in Pakistan are facing augmented aggression lately as terrorist struck them this month.

Pakistani Christians attacked in Quetta

In line with details, expressing solidarity with the persecuted Christians in Pakistan, Saint William Parish has announced to hold a special prayer vigil. The prayer service will start at 6 in the evening, (local time) at 6200 Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia, U.S.

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A considerable number of Pakistani Christians attend Saint William Church. For this reason, the church has expressed special connection with the Christians in Pakistan. Recent wave of violence against Christians in Pakistan has generated concerns among national and international churches.

On April 2, Easter Monday gunmen opened fire on four Christians outside their house in Quetta’s Shah Zaman neighborhood. All of them died on the spot, while the gunmen escaped. Next day, terror group ISIS claimed responsibility of the attack.

The group publicized that a “covert unit” of ISIS militants “managed to target a number of the combatant Christians.” It was also stated that the gunmen “shot them with a pistol, which resulted in the killing of four of them……”

On April 15, Sunday unknown gunmen opened fire at a group of Christians outside a Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Essa Nagri in Quetta. Consequently, two Christian youngsters died while 7 others were injured. The injured include two girls as well.

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; both incidents are manifestly targeted attacks on Christians.