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The Cheif Minister of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province has condemned an attack on a Christian colony earlier this week that claimed the life of a 7-year-old Christian boy. The assailants reportedly threw a grenade at the gate of the Christian colony where the boy, Lucky Saleem, was playing. Others were injured in the explosion and various Christian properties were damaged. Many Christians are now afraid of further attacks during the holiday period. 

12/08/2017 Pakistan (World Watch Monitor) – A seven-year-old boy and two others were killed earlier this week during a hand grenade attack on the gates of a Christian colony in Chaman, south-western Pakistan, reports UCA News.

Police named the boy as Lucky Saleem.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which came days after Taliban gunmen murdered nine people at an agricultural college in the same city.

Nawaz Sanaullah, Chief Minister of Pakistan’s impoverished Balochistan region, condemned the attack and ordered security forces to apprehend the “terrorist elements” involved.

“Christians live in scattered communities across the biggest province and are rarely attacked,” Shezan William, Executive Secretary of local Catholic charity Caritas Quetta, told UCA News. “The attack has raised concerns for the safety of churches, especially in Christmas gatherings.”

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