Nine killed in Quetta twin attacks

Nine killed in Quetta twin attacks

Nine killed in Quetta twin attacks

Three men and a woman, all members of the same family, were riding in a rickshaw traveling through Balochistan's capital city Quetta when armed men on motorcycles opened fire. Tariq Masih, a relative to the victims said: "They were guests of ours they came from Punjab to celebrate Easter".

'It appears to have been a targeted attack, ' provincial police official Moazzam Jah Ansari told Reuters. "It was a targeted attack and an act of terrorism", he continued. He was inside the house when the attack took place.

The Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh), claimed responsibility for the attack but presented no supporting evidence.

CNN reported on Tuesday that IS has hailed a "covert unit" of its militants who "managed to target a number of the combatant Christians". It added that the assailants "shot them with a pistol, which resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah".

Chowdhry accused Western nations of "ignoring" the plight of Pakistan's minority Christian population, who are often targeted by blasphemy laws and demonized in national curriculum textbooks.

The terrorist attack on Pakistan's Christian minority was unrelated to a separate attack that same day in which gunmen killed five Muslims in Quetta, local police chief Abdul Qadeer told AP. Dead bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital.

The attack comes a day after Pakistan's Christian community celebrated Easter on Sunday.

"Pervaiz Masih had been living in Quetta for 10 years". A December 2017 attack on a Methodist church in Quetta killed eight.

Four people were killed and a girl was injured on Monday in an incident of firing at Quetta city in Pakistan.

In 2016, a Pakistani Taliban splinter group targeting Christians killed a bystander and injured three members of Pakistan's security forces when suicide bombers struck a Christian neighborhood near Warsak Dam on the outskirts of Peshawar, according to the Pakistan's military.

Pakistan's archaic blasphemy laws are especially risky for Christians.

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