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Lucky Saleem, a 7-year-old boy from a Christian neighborhood in the Pakistani city of Chaman was killed last Saturday when a hand grenade was thrown at the main gate of his neighborhood. Two others were killed in the blast that marks the latest incident of violence in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province. Attacks by Islamic extremists on Christian places of worship and Christian neighborhoods is not uncommon. During major religious holidays, Christians tend to be targeted by extremists. Will Pakistan take steps to make sure Christians are safe this holiday season? 

12/04/2017 Pakistan (UCAN) – A bomb went off at the main gate of a Christian colony in the Pakistani city of Chaman on Dec. 2, killing a 7-year-old boy and two others, police said, the latest incident of violence in the restive southwestern province of Baluchistan.

“It was a hand grenade which caused the explosion at the colony’s gate,” Gul Mohammad, a police officer, told English daily Dawn. “The blast also smashed windows in nearby homes,” he said.

The Christian boy killed in the blast has been identified as Lucky Saleem, according to the police officer.

The injured were rushed to the Chaman Hospital for medical treatment.

The attack in Chaman took place the day after Taliban gunmen wearing burqas stormed a college in the country’s northwestern region, killing nine people, mostly students.

A Taliban faction claimed the responsibility of the attack and said that Peshawar Agriculture Institute was a safe house for intelligence officials.

Both the terrorist attacks happened as Muslims were celebrating Milid Milad-un Nabi (the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.)

In a press statement, Baluchistan Chief Minister Nawaz Sanaullah condemned the blast and expressed sorrow at the loss of innocent life.

He directed the authorities to ensure best medical care for the injured.

The chief minister ordered the security forces to apprehend those terrorist elements involved in the terrorist attack.

Shezan William, Executive Secretary of Caritas Quetta, condemned the blast.

“Christians live in scattered communities across the biggest province and are rarely attacked. The attack has raised concerns for the safety of churches especially in Christmas gatherings. We are in close contact with locals of the attacked colony and praying for the affected families”, William told ucanews.

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