4 dead, over a dozen injured in suicide bombing of Christian church in Pakistan
Two suicide bombers have attacked a Christian church in southwestern Pakistan, the country’s home minister said as cited by local media. At least four people were killed and 18 injured in the attack, officials said.
The attack took place in the city of Quetta, the provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan province. Bethel Memorial Methodist Church was the target, local Geo TV said.
According to Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmad Bugti, two suicide bombers targeted the church, one of whom was shot dead outside. The other bomber blew himself up inside the church, he added.
Earlier Geo TV reported that at least 5 people had been killed in the attack.
Attack of terrorists on Zarghoon road church in Quetta is condemned. Pakistan’s resolve against terrorism cannot be deterred by these cowardly acts.
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Both attackers were also reportedly carrying weapons, the minister stated. It is not clear how many people were in the church at the time of the attack. Bugti said that around 300-400 people usually attend the church on Sundays.
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