Explosion in Christian Church in Pakistan: 5 Reportedly Killed, 16 Injured

Oscar Cross
December 20, 2017

A Reuters report says that 45 people in the church were wounded.

Fifty-seven people were wounded in the latest attack, including seven who were listed in critical condition, according to Wasim Baig, a spokesperson for Quetta's main hospital.

Meanwhile, SSP Operations said that two attackers were killed in the exchange of fire between the terrorists and security forces.

Reportedly, two suicide bombers stormed the church- out of which one was killed at the entrance but the other managed to explode his vest inside. In November, DIG Hamid Shakeel Sabir was killed in a suicide attack while a month earlier a auto bomb killed eight policemen. Security and rescue personnel were focusing on getting medical aid to the injured as soon as possible, he added.

Islamic State claimed the attack, the group's Amaq news agency said in an online statement, without providing any evidence for its claim.

Security forces led congregants out of the church.

. "We stay united and steadfast to respond against such heinous attempts", he said.

The dead and the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta .

Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Quetta church.

At least another 56 people have been wounded. But questions must also be asked about how the attackers were able to get so close to the church, which is located in a high-security zone of Quetta.

Pakistan's Christian minority is frequently the target of extermist attacks, and the government has provided the communities' churches with armed guards.

Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal condemned the terror attack, saying Pakistan's resolve against terrorism can not be deterred by these cowardly acts of terrorists.

Pakistani officials denied that IS had an organised presence in the country, however, even though the terrorist group has claimed responsibility for several other attacks in Baluchistan in recent years. "They are fighting against terrorists and our war will continue till complete elimination of the terrorists", he highlighted.

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