ISIS claims responsibility for Pakistan church blast
ISIS has claimed the suicide attack carried out by two heavily-armed ISIS terrorists on a church in the Quetta city of Pakistan, EurAsian Times reports. The tragedy occurred at the time of midday service taking lives of at least 9 people and severely wounding others including small children and women.
Group said in an online statement through Amaq, it’s official news agency that ISIS members carried out the Bomb blast in the church. However, the group provided no evidence to support its claim.
The attack on the Bethel Memorial Church located at the nearby Zarghoon road in Balochistan capital took place just over a week before Christmas. Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, the Home Minister of Balochistan said that at least two suicide bombers were involved in the attack on the church. “One attacker was killed at the gate by police after an intense gunfight while the other wearing suicide vest entered the church and detonated his explosives,” he said.
Bugti said that the terrorists had weapons and it seems they wanted to take hostages inside the church. “The security forces foiled their plan,” he added. According to General Moazzam Ansari, Balochistan’s Inspector, more than 400 worshippers were inside during the Church attack.