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Two killed in Quetta church shooting

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Two killed in Quetta church shooting

Images after the Easter Monday attack in Quetta

Two Christians died and four others were seriously injured on Sunday 15 April when attackers on motorbikes opened fire on worshippers leaving a church service in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta.

The latest terror attack follows a similar shooting on Easter Monday (2 April 2018), when armed men on a motorcycle shot and killed four Christians in the Shah Zaman neighbourhood of the city. Islamic State (IS) later claimed responsibility.

In March, a Pakistani Christian leader warned that war in the Middle East could trigger attacks on Christians in Pakistan and Sunday’s shooting may potentially be claimed as “retaliation” by Muslim extremists for Western government’s action in Syria on 14 April.

The Christian community in Quetta were also targeted in December 2017, when IS terrorists attacked a pre-Christmas service at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, killing nine and leaving more than 50 Christians injured.