ISIS Claims Responsibility for Drive-By Church Shooting in Pakistan

ICC Note: ISIS has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s drive-by shooting of a church in Quetta, Pakistan. The attack left two Christians dead and five others wounded. This marks the third deadly attacks on Christians in Quetta perpetrated by ISIS. Will Pakistani authorities be able to provide Christians in Quetta with adequate security?

04/16/2018 Pakistan (The Nation) – Two Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting outside a church in Quetta, officials said, the second such attack on the minority community in the area this month.

The Islamic State group’s local franchise claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta, the SITE intelligence group said.

“Four men on two motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire” on a group of Christians, “killing two people while injuring three others”, local police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP.

It came just weeks after four Christians were shot dead in the city, an attack also claimed by IS.

Sunday’s shooting took place in the Christian-majority Esa Nagri neighbourhood of Quetta, where hundreds gathered to protest the killings.

“Around 500” protesters blocked a road by placing the bodies of the two victims in the middle, said local official Javed Anwar Shawani. “We are negotiating with them to make them disperse and bury” the victims, he added.

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