'Islamic State' claims deadly Pakistan church bombing

'Islamic State' claims deadly Pakistan church bombing

'Islamic State' claims deadly Pakistan church bombing

This was stated by Balochistan's Inspector General of Police (IG) Moazzam Ansari and confirmed by the provincial Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti.

Police officer Mohammad Atiq said police and army troops had surrounded the church and were exchanging fire with the attackers. "We were in services when we heard a big bang", he told Reuters.

The church had been decorated with a Christmas tree.

According to Dawn, at least two suicide attackers had struck the Bethel Memorial Church while weekly service was in progress.

"Some of the people are dead, the others are injured", said one worshipper.

Security forces continue to search for suspected accomplices. The prayer hall's wooden door broke and fell on us.

Following the attack, an emergency was declared in all hospitals across Quetta.

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The IGP said security had been beefed up across the province in the wake of the church attack.

Sources in the Balochistan government said that few days back Methodist schools and churches had received threatening notes from the Sajjan group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He also expressed his sympathies with the victims' families and wished for early recovery of the injured.

By all accounts, the quick response by the police and the Frontier Corps prevented the attackers from entering the church and killing a lot more people.

ISIS quickly took credit for the blast, making it the first time the terror cell has claimed bombing a church in Pakistan. It is hardly a secret that minority communities and their places of worship are a primary target of militant groups; and these 12 days before December 25th are amongst the most important on the Christian calendar.

Meanwhile, Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal strongly condemned the terrorist attack, terming the incident tragic and an act of cowardliness.

Christians make up roughly 2% of Pakistan, which has some 198 million citizens.

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