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Four Pakistani Christians Killed In Attack Claimed By Islamic State

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Karachi

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Karachi. Photo: Swerveut.

Four Christians were shot dead in southwestern Pakistan on April 2, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

The group was travelling in a rickshaw when armed men on a motorcycle intercepted them and opened fire in the city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

Three members of a family and the rickshaw driver were immediately killed, but a fifth — a child — survived and was rushed to the hospital, police said.

“It appears to have been a targeted attack,” provincial police official Moazzam Jah Ansari told Reuters. “It was an act of terrorism.”

The attack came a day after Pakistan’s Christian community celebrated Easter. Around 2 percent of Pakistan’s 200 million people are Christians.

Minority religious festivals are a security concern in the majority Sunni Muslim country where there have been a numerous attacks on Christians and Shi’a Muslims.

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