Attack on Quetta Christians kills one, injures six

In an attack on the Christian community near a church in Quetta, at least one person was killed and six others were injured, according to media reports.

Quetta DIG Abdur Razzaq Chema said the incident occurred when people were leaving after attending the Sunday service at a church in Essa Nagri area of the provincial capital.

The DIG said that unidentified attackers riding a motorbike opened fire on the members of the Christian community and managed to flee the scene soon after the incident.

The injured were rushed to Bolan Medical Complex, Quetta, where one injured succumbed to his injuries while the condition of another was said to be critical, according to the hospital officials said.

Earlier this month, four members of a Christian family travelling in a rickshaw were killed in a firing incident on Quetta’s Shah Zaman road. The Christian family belonged to Punjab and was visiting relatives in Quetta.

In December last year, nine people were killed and 30 were injured in a suicide attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta’s Zarghoon Road.

At least two suicide attackers had struck the Bethel Memorial Church while the Sunday service was ongoing. There were 400 worshipers inside the church when the assault started.