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Two Christians Gunned Down Outside Church in Pakistan

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 16:10 (IST)

Christians in Karachi, Pakistan, have staged a protest against the killing of two Christians near a church by four unidentified gunmen who opened fire at them in Balochistan province.

On April 15, four gunmen appeared on two motorcycles and opened fire on a group of Christians who were coming out of the church after service, said provincial police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari, adding that the attack has been claimed by the Islamic State terrorists.

"Two people were killed on the spot while six others were injured and rushed to a hospital," he said.

Ansari said the deceased have been identified as Azhar Masih and Rohail Masih, residents of Essa Nagri that homes a large population of the Christian community.

He said that the purpose of the attack could be to spread panic and fear in the Christian populated area.

"These terrorists are targeting security forces and now minorities to spread fear and panic because of the ongoing operation against them in the province," he said, according to TOI.

Christians protested the provincial government and demanded the immediate arrest of the attackers. They also urged the government to provide protection to all Christians in Quetta.