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ISIS says it was behind a terrorist attack on a Christian family in Quetta, Pakistan, that killed four people on Easter Monday. The relatives had been riding in a rickshaw when motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire on them.

Three men and a woman died in the attack. A fifth person riding in the rickshaw — a 12-year-old girl — survived and was taken to the hospital, according to Pakistan’s Dawn news agency.

From Islamabad, NPR’s Diaa Hadid reports: “By targeting the family on the road, the gunmen found a weak link: Pakistani forces had stepped up security around churches, to stop militants who target Christians on their holiest days. But the roads are still vulnerable.

“The family was travelling in Quetta, a garrison town near the Afghan border. It’s the same town where ISIS militants stormed a church compound right before Christmas. They killed nine people.”

According to Pakistan’s Express Tribune, roughly 2% of Pakistan’s population is Christian.

Sources: NPR, International Christian Concern

  • Pray the Lord will comfort those who are morning; may they experience a peace which passes all understanding as they come to terms with the loss.
  • Ask the Lord to bring complete healing to the girl who survived the attack. Pray she may receive all necessary care and provision.
  • Pray the Lord may strengthen the church throughout Pakistan who face severe opposition and are frequently targeted.