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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack On Methodist Church In Pakistan

Pakistan       by Sarfraz Ali | Published Pakistan by Sarfraz Ali | Published
Jay Anderson | 19 December, 2017, 11:46

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

Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers.

Balochistan Inspector General Police (IGP) Moazzam Ansari confirmed to media that 400 people were present inside the church at the time of the attack and a major tragedy was avoided due to the quick response of security forces.

Another 15 people were killed at two churches in Lahore when suicide bombers struck each of them. He told that police intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second attacker managed to reach the church's main door where he blew himself up.

A high security alert has been declared in the Quetta district.

"Suddenly a huge explosion occurred outside the hall that broke window panes", he told the newspaper.

Chief Minister of Balochistan (CM) Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri on Monday has announced to give Rs1 million each to martyrs and Rs0.5 million each to injured people of Quetta church attack that killed nine people.

While this is the first ISIS-claimed attack on a Pakistani church, other extremist groups have targeted the houses of worship.




"The cowardly attacks of terrorists can not weaken our resolve", he said.

Senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema said investigators were analysing CCTV footage to check the claim and had launched a search for any further suspects.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack, calling it an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations.

Many government officials in Pakistan have condemned the attack, including Pakistan's Foreign Office, which reiterated the nation's "resolve against terrorism can not be deterred by these cowardly acts".

According to Bugti, Pakistani law enforcement agents took 16 minutes to secure the area.

In October eight people including seven policemen were killed in a terrorist attack.

Two ISIS gunmen stormed a Methodist church in the city of Quetta in western Pakistan.

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.

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