ICC Note: Hundreds of Christians in Quetta, Pakistan attended the funerals of two Christians murdered by ISIS militants earlier this week. On Sunday, April 15, ISIS gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri neighborhood of Quetta. The attack marked the third time Christians have been targeted by ISIS in the past six months.
04/19/2018 Pakistan (Christian Today) – Hundreds of Christians in Quetta, Pakistan have attended the funerals of two of their number who were killed near a church on Sunday by four gunmen on motorcycles.
The victims were Azhar Masih and Rohail Masih, who were residents of Essa Nagri which houses a large proportion of the Christian community there.
The murders have been claimed by Islamic State.
A Christian who attended the funerals named as N Samuel told Evangelical Focus: ‘The whole Christian community attended this funeral, they are so afraid and feeling insecure.’ The Christians in the city, he said, ‘demand the government to protect churches and Christian community houses’. He added that one of those who died was the only son in his family and had taken care of his paralysed father.
The national commission for justice and peace of Pakistan said in a statement: ‘The Christian community in Quetta has yet again become a target of rising intolerance and violence in society’ and condemned ‘these acts of terrorism and violence’.
According to International Christian Concern, two girls and one adult remain in hospital following the gun attack. A protest took place on Monday in which Christians in the area demanded better protection from the authorities.
Pakistan has long been battling armed groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Attacks often target Pakistan’s minorities, including Shia Muslims as well as Christians, Hindus and members of the Ahmadiyya sect.
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