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Pakistan: Four Christians Gunned Down a Day After Easter

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 17:15 (IST)

Four members of a Christian family were killed in a deadly gun attack on April 2 in Quetta in the south-western Balochistan province in Pakistan, a day after the minority community celebrated Easter.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

"Four Christian relatives were going to a nearby market on an auto-rickshaw when two unknown gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on them," police officer Moazzam Jah Ansari told ucanews.com.

"It was a targeted attack and an act of terrorism," he said adding that the police team found the casings of 9 mm bullets at the crime scene.

Pervaiz Masih, Tariq Masih, Imran Masih and Firdous Bibi died in the attack, and a 10-year-old girl was injured.

Pervaiz, a rickshaw driver, was taking his relatives to an ice cream parlor when they were gunned just outside their home, said Aftab, a neighbor.

"Pervaiz Masih had been living in Quetta for 10 years. His relatives came from Lahore and Dubai for the first time to celebrate Easter with him on March 29," said Aftab.

"They came back from a dinner and were going out to eat ice cream in a nearby market when gunmen sprayed bullets at them. The bodies are being sent back to Lahore for burial," he added.

Christian community in the area is in total shock following the attack.