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05 April 2018, 12:50 | Damon Campbell
ISIS claims responsibility for deadly attack on Christian family in Pakistan
The attacks came shortly after Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa affirmed death sentences for 10 Islamic militants on Monday - just one day after Pakistani Christians celebrated Easter.
Islamic State terrorist outfit claimed responsibility for the attack, a claim which was yet to be verified by investigators.
IG Moazzam Jan explained that the attack on the Christians, appeared to be a targeted attack.
A week before Christmas, two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in Quetta, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56.
The radical group says its fighters "shot them with a pistol, which resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah".
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The terrorist attack on Pakistan's Christian minority was unrelated to a separate attack that same day in which gunmen killed five Muslims in Quetta, local police chief Abdul Qadeer told AP. Law enforcement agencies reached the site of the incident soon after the incident and shifted the bodies to Civil Hospital. The family set off to visit their relatives, but their vehicle was intercepted by the militants who then shot them.
The terror group has claimed responsibility but so far has not offered evidence of its involvement. Violence has dropped in recent years as a series of military operations succeeded in displacing the TTP and allied groups from their strongholds in northwestern Pakistan, but sporadic, large-casualty attacks continue. A December 2017 attack on a Methodist church in Quetta killed eight.
Family of four Christians, who were gunned down in a militant attack in Quetta, has called for justice. It was claimed by the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, known as ISIS Khorasan. According to police sources, two groups opened fire at each other, killing four and injuring seven people.
Also in 2016, an Easter Sunday bombing targeting Christians at an amusement park in the eastern city of Lahore which killed at least 69 people, mostly Christians.
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