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Gunmen open fire on Christians in Pakistan

20 December 2017, 12:43 | Mandy Simon

Multiple casualties in Pakistan Methodist church attack

A Pakistani walks in the main hall of a church following a suicide attack in Quetta Pakistan Sunday Dec. 17 2017

But the terror group provided no evidence for the claim.

Balochistan provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti said around 250 people normally attend the church on Sundays, but attendance had swelled to around 400 because it was close to Christmas.

Officials said security forces intercepted and shot one bomber outside but the second attacker managed to reach the church's main door where he blew himself up.

Security forces continue to search for suspected accomplices.

Hundreds of people were inside the Methodist church in Quetta when two gunmen launched their attack.

A new CCTV footage shows a courageous police officer battling the militant who conducted an attack on Christians in Quetta, on Sunday.

Hospital spokesman Wasim Baig said 57 people were hospitalized in Quetta after the blast.

Multiple casualties in Pakistan Methodist church attack
4 dead, over a dozen injured in suicide bombing of Christian church in Pakistan

CCTV footage released by the police showed the attackers, both carrying guns, approaching the church gates.

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

The threatening notes were also received in Karachi and Lahore which led to missionary schools cancelling their examinations and taking an early winter/Christmas break. The area has been cordoned off and an emergency situation was imposed in all hospitals across Quetta. It is hardly a secret that minority communities and their places of worship are a primary target of militant groups; and these 12 days before December 25th are amongst the most important on the Christian calendar. Effective response by LEAs is commendable. "We were in services when we heard a big bang", he told Reuters.

At least another 56 people have been wounded.

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. "My prayers go to the victims' families and for the speedy recovery of the injured", Khan tweeted.

Eight worshippers at the Bethel Memorial Methodist church were killed today by three suicide bombers.

Christians make up roughly 2% of Pakistan, which has some 198 million citizens.

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