Explosion in Christian Church in Pakistan: 9 Reportedly Killed, 50 Injured

Gunmen reportedly rushed into a Christian church in Quetta as the Sunday service was about to start, detonating a bomb and opening fire on local worshippers. The Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A man carries a boy as he shouts for an ambulance after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Pakistan December 17, 2017Several gunmen have reportedly attacked a Christian church in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta. The attack was followed by a blast, claiming the lives of at least nine people and injuring 50 more, Geo TV broadcaster has reported, citing Civil Hospital spokesperson Dr. Waseem Baig.

Earlier in the day, media reported that five people were killed and 16 were injured.

Members of the Christian community who attended Sunday service at the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church being evacuated by security personnel after a suicide attack on the church. Photo: AFPSarfaraz Bugti, the home minister of the province of Balochistan, has commented on the matter, as quoted by the outlet, saying that the attack was apparently targeting the church of a Christian community, adding that a suicide bomber blew himself up at the church’s entrance when stopped by the security services while another one had managed to get inside.

The minister stated that up to 400 people could have been inside the church, stressing that ‘until terrorists’ safe haven remained in Afghanistan, attacks in Pakistan would continue’.

The Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but failing to provide any evidence of the claim…

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