At least 8 dead, 16 injured in blast, gun attack on Quetta church

At least eight people, including a woman, were killed in a blast and 16 others injured at a Catholic church in Quetta city after which law enforcers have been dispatched to the area.
 
Inital reports say that four terrorists attacked the church located on Quetta’a Zarghoon Road.

Balochistan’s home minister says that apparently the attack targeted the church where prayers of Christian community were being held.

According to Quetta Deputy Commissioner Farukh Atiq, at least five people lost their lives while 16 others have been injured during attack on the church.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said that a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate of the church when stopped by the security guards while another one managed to get inside.
Sarfraz Bugti

By the grace of Almighty, 02 Suicide Bombers stopped on entrance of Church in #Quetta. LEAs took 16 mins to complete the op. CCPO & DC #Quetta along with IG Police #Balochistanlead the operation from forefront.

On the instructions of CM Balochistan and Health Ministry, an emergency has been declared in public hospitals of Quetta. “All doctors and paramedics staff shall be vigilant and must use all available resources to give maximum  proper health care facilities to the injured ones” an official statement said.

Eyewitnesses say that a number of people have also sustained injuries who are now being shifted to hospital.

Meanwhile, Foreign Office has condemned the attack on church.

Dr Mohammad Faisal

Attack of terrorists on Zarghoon road church in Quetta is condemned. Pakistan’s resolve against terrorism cannot be deterred by these cowardly acts.

While condemning the attack, the army chief said the assault on Christian community was carried out to foment differences among Pakistanis.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor
“Quetta church attack targeting our brotherly Christian Pakistanis is an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations / create religious cleavages. Effective response by LEAs is commendable. We stay united and steadfast to respond against such heinous attempts” COAS.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.
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