China condemns Quetta church attack

China condemns Quetta church attack

China condemns Quetta church attack

Nine people were killed and more than 50 wounded when two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan holding services ahead of Christmas.

A group funeral was held on Monday afternoon after a service by Bishop Sadiq Daniel at Quetta's Christian cemetery. "The gunmen wearing explosives-filled vests stormed the church in Quetta city when Sunday services had just opened, exploding a suicide vest and shooting at the Christian worshippers, said Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister of Baluchistan province". About 60 people were also injured.

By all accounts, the quick response by the police and the Frontier Corps prevented the attackers from entering the church and killing a lot more people. Pakistan officials deny the group has a presence in the country.

Hundreds of people were inside the Methodist church in Quetta when two gunmen launched their attack.

Police said they were searching for further suspects and analyzing CCTV footage to check the claims.

He says one attacker was killed at the entrance to the church.

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According to the church's Facebook page, it had organised different programmes all throughout December to mark Christmas, and was holding a "Sunday School Christmas Programme" at the time of the attack. "It was chaos. Bullets were hitting people inside the closed hall".

"Some of the people are dead, the others are injured", said one worshipper.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's Amaq news agency said, but provided no evidence for the claim. In November, DIG Hamid Shakeel Sabir was killed in a suicide attack while a month earlier a auto bomb killed eight policemen. Two suicide bombers had tried to enter the church but law-enforcement officials posted outside were able to kill the attackers.

No one immediately claimed the attack.

Pakistani Christians have been the target of several attacks in recent years, Reuters reported.

The attack on Christians was an attempt to "cloud Christmas celebrations" and "create religious cleavages", Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said in a statement.

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