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ICC Note: Life as a Christian in Pakistan comes along with many challenges and risks because Christians are constantly persecuted for their faith. Christmas season is dangerous for Christians in Pakistan and other Muslim dominated countries because more attacks are carried out against them for celebrating one of their most important Holidays. Unfortunately, Christian persecution also continues to prevail and expand in the region, forcing many Christians to emigrate.

 12/17/2017 Pakistan (CNN) –  A suicide bomber attacked a church packed with worshippers Sunday in Pakistan, leaving seven people dead and more than 20 others injured, authorities say.

Two attackers targeted a Methodist church in Quetta, but only one managed to detonate his vest, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister of Balochistan province. The second attacker was shot by a church security guard before he detonated his explosives, Bugti said.

The civilians were killed during the blast and the intense firefight that followed, according to Moazzam Jah Ansari, the provincial police chief. More than 400 people were in the church at the time of the attack, he said.

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