Two Christians killed in drive-by shooting outside a church in Pakistan

Unidentified men open firing on members of Christian community

Unidentified gunmen shot at a group of people leaving a church in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province.

At least two people were killed and five other injured when gunmen opened fire at Christians coming out of a church following a Sunday service in Quetta.

According to him, the attackers managed to escape after the shooting.

The injured were taken to Bolan Medical Complex where two of them died. They also protested lack of medical facilities in the hospital.

The injured were rushed to BMC Hospital where Samuel and Azhar succumbed to their injuries.

Two girls were also injured. The Christian family belonged to Punjab and was visiting relatives in Quetta.

In December previous year, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Quetta church, which was packed with worshippers, killing nine people and wounding over a dozen.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti condemned the Isa Nagri attack and promised a swift response.

Pakistan authorities said IS loyalists are using bases in "ungoverned" areas of neighboring Afghanistan for attacks against Pakistan.

Meanwhile, dozens of Christian community members, including heirs of the victims, gathered to protest the killings.

The attack comes two weeks after four members of a Christian family were gunned down in Quetta a day after the community celebrated Easter on April 1. "Terrorists are freely attacking us but security forces and the provincial government are playing the role of silent spectator", said Amjad Faryad, an uncle of slain Rashid Khalid.



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