At least two Christians were killed and three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, Pakistan. ISIS’s local branch claimed responsibility for Sunday’s deadly attack, marking its third attack on Christians in Quetta in recent months.
“Four men on two motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire” on a group of Christians, “killing two people while injuring three others,” local police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP. The shooting took place around 5:30pm. Victims were rushed to Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta where two of the victims, Azhar Iqbal and Rahid Khalid, succumbed to their wounds.
The attack took place in the Christian-majority neighbourhood of Esa Nagri in Quetta. Following the attack, hundreds of Christians gathered to protest the killings. Protesters burned tires and blocked traffic as they called on the government to provide their community with greater security.
Sunday’s shooting marks the third attack on Christians claimed by ISIS in Quetta. In December 2017, ISIS suicide bombers attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, killing nine and injuring dozens more. On 2 April, ISIS claimed responsibility for the targeted killing of a Christian family riding in an auto-rickshaw in Quetta.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Ask the Lord to bring healing to the injured and strength and comfort to those who are mourning.
- Pray these attacks may be used by the Lord to spur the Christian community on in the faith and be filled with the joy that comes from knowing Christ Jesus, even in the midst of suffering.
- Pray the authorities will do more to protect minorities. Commit to the Lord the perpetrators.