(Voice of the Persecuted) A day after Easter Sunday, four Pakistani Christians were killed when attackers opened fire on the rickshaw they were riding on Monday evening in the city of Quetta in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Three of the victims were family members who were traveling to visit relatives to celebrate the Easter holiday. The driver was also a Christian. Soon after the attack, their bodies were transferred to Civil Hospital Quetta.
Dawn News reported that, Police official Muhammad Anwar Khokhar said unidentified attackers riding a motorbike opened fire on a rickshaw which resulted in the death of four members of the Christian community. A minor girl was also injured in the attack, he added.
Another report shared Provincial Police Chief Moazzam Jah Ansari as saying, “All four died on the spot while a woman was injured and rushed to a hospital.” He added that her father and three cousins were killed in the firing.
Officials confirmed the Christians were targeted for their faith.
In a statement released today by its Aamaq news agency, the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Christians.
The Baluchistan region is afflicted by violence of Sunni Islamist groups associated with the Taliban, al Qaeda and Islamic State. Islamic State has branches in both Afghanistan and Pakistan through Islamist militant groups who support their radical sectarian views.
Please pray for Christians experiencing continued persecution in Pakistan.