CM Sanaullah Zehri announces compensation money for Quetta church attack victims

19 December, 2017, 11:43 | Author: Bert Pena
  • 4 dead over a dozen injured in suicide bombing of Christian church in Pakistan

The second militant is then let in.

One attacker set off a suicide vest at the main entrance of the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, the Washington Post reported.

Balochistan home minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that at least two suicide bombers were involved in the attack on the Bethel Memorial Church on Zarghoon road in Quetta.

ISIS has claimed the attack, the group's Amaq news agency said in an online statement, without providing any evidence for its claim. No official confirmation was released regarding ISIS' claim.

The attack on Christians was an attempt to "cloud Christmas celebrations" and "create religious cleavages", Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said in a statement.

"Security personnel acted swiftly to foil the attack and kill the terrorists". "The terrorists had weapons and it seems they wanted to take hostages inside the church", Bugti said.

A man carries a boy after fleeing the church, where one of two gunmen detonated a suicide vest and began shooting at Christian worshippers.

Balochistan has always been home to insurgent groups fighting against the government, demanding to be allowed a greater share of the state's mineral resources.

While talking to media outside the hospital, the CM reiterated his government's firm commitment to chase terrorists down to their last hideouts in order to wipe them out.

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Quetta is in the Pakistan region of Baluchistan which borders Iran and Afghanistan.

Those who died include three women.

At least two women were among those killed, the New York Times reported.

"We were praying when a bullet hit me", Naseem Masih told The Associated Press.

"While people in the West eat mince pies and turkey, Christians in Pakistan will be praying for an extra day of their earthly lives and for the protection of their children", Chowdhry said.

Dozens of Christians gathered outside a nearby hospital to protest the lack of security.

The violence has fuelled concern about security for projects in the $57 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned to run from western China to Pakistan's southern deep-water port of Gwadar.

The CCTV footage showed how two attackers, wrapped up in their shawls and carrying rifles, struggled to enter the main gate which the security guards had earlier closed.


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