Four Pakistani Christians Killed In Attack Claimed By Islamic State

Some unidentified persons gunned down a policeman at Aspeeni Road in Quetta on Friday

Pakistan's Christian minority has often been targeted by militants. He was inside the house when the attack took place.

A press statement from the terror group on Tuesday said a "covert unit" of militants "managed to target a number of the combatant Christians".

Police found 9mm bullet casings at the scene of the attack.

The British Pakistani Christian Association, which monitors and provides support for Christian victims of violence and persecution in the Muslim-majority country, said the Pakistani government has been warned of increasing IS threats, but has failed to take adequate safety measures.

A week before Christmas, two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in Quetta, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56. Law enforcement agencies reached the site of the incident soon after the incident and shifted the bodies to Civil Hospital.

"Christians face a torrid time in Pakistan where their lives are under constant threat from extremist terrorist groups and people in their community have severe prejudices that can lead to blasphemy charges, an equally fatal consideration", he added.

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IG Moazzam Jan explained that the attack on the Christians, appeared to be a targeted attack.

The attack on the minority community in Pakistan comes two days after the Christian festival of Easter.

Khalil George, a Christian member of the National Assembly from Balochistan, said that terrorists are now looking for soft targets, making Christians living in Quetta and elsewhere in the province vulnerable. The Taliban targeted the school as revenge for Pakistani military operations against them.

Four people were killed and a girl was injured on Monday in an incident of firing at Quetta city in Pakistan. In 2016 on Easter Sunday an explosion at the hospital in Quetta killed 72 people and a bombing in the eastern city of Lahore killed at least 69 people.

If you would like to help persecuted Christians, visit http://morningstarnews.org/resources/aid-agencies/ for a list of organizations that can orient you on how to get involved.

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