ISIS has claimed responsibility for an
attack that left four Christians dead in
southwestern Pakistan on Easter Monday.
A press statement from the terror group
on Tuesday said a 'covert unit' of militants
'managed to target a number of the combatant
Christians'. It added the jihadists 'shot
them with a pistol, which resulted in the
killing of four of them, and all praise is
due to Allah'.
Reuters Members of the congregation flee
after the attack on a church in Quetta just
The family were travelling in a rickshaw
when the attackers opened fire, killing
three of them plus the driver. One woman
survived and was taken to hospital, police
said. However her father and three cousins
'It appears to have been a targeted
attack,' provincial police official Moazzam
Jah Ansari told Reuters. 'It was an act of
ISIS has not provided any evidence of its
The attack comes a day after Pakistan's
Christian community celebrated Easter on
Sunday. Around two per cent of Pakistan's
population are Christians.
Minority religious festivals are a
security concern in the majority Sunni
Muslim country where there have been a
number of high casualty attacks on
Christians and Shi'ite Muslims. In 2016 on
Easter Sunday an explosion at the hospital
in Quetta killed 72 people and a bombing in
the eastern city of Lahore killed at least
Monday's attack took place in Quetta
city, the capital of Baluchistan province,
which borders Iran as well as Afghanistan.
The region is plagued by violence by Sunni
Islamist sectarian groups linked to the
Taliban, al Qaeda and Islamic State. It also
has an indigenous ethnic Baloch insurgency
fighting against central government.
In December, a week before Christmas, two
suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian
church in southwestern Pakistan, killing at
least 10 people and wounding up to 56, in an
attack claimed by Islamic State.
The family killed on Monday had come to
visit relatives in Quetta's Shahzaman road
area, where a large number of the city's
Christian community lives.