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Quetta Christians gunned down in Easter drive-by shooting

South Asia

Quetta Christians gunned down in Easter drive-by shooting

Volunteers in Quetta move a body after the Easter Monday attack. Photo Credit: CNN

Four Christians from the same family were shot and killed in a drive-by-shooting in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta on Easter Monday (2 April 2018).

Islamic State (IS) later claimed responsibility for the attack. Armed men on a motorcycle opened fire outside the home of a Christian family in the Shah Zaman neighbourhood of the city.

A relative of the four men killed told journalists, “They were guests of ours, they came from Punjab [province] to celebrate Easter. As they left the house to go to the bazaar after dinner … they were fired upon.”

A statement released by IS the following day claimed a “covert unit” had “managed to target a number of the combatant Christians … [which] resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah.”