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ICC Note: Christians in Pakistan are worried for their safety after last week’s attack. Many churches have decided to increase security measures since attacks on Christians usually increase during Christmas season. Many church members have volunteered and even the smallest churches will have policeman to guard them.

 12/20/2017 Pakistan (UCA News) –  Church security volunteers in Pakistan’s Punjab State have been urged to keep licensed firearms at hand during Christmas services in the wake of a suicide bombing.

The Dec. 17 attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province, killed nine worshipers, including three women, and injured at least 50.

More than 100 Christian volunteers in Lahore were Dec. 19 trained in “combat” skills such as jumping over walls and shooting.

“Keep a licensed weapon undercover,” said Security Superintendent of Police Ibadat Nisar when addressing volunteers.

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