More Pakistani Christians Murdered

UPDATE:

Jihadi attacks forcing out Quetta Christians


3 May 2018

Christians are leaving the southern Pakistani city of Quetta following a wave of targeted attacks by jihadists.

Two Christians were killed and four seriously injured when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on worshippers leaving a church service on 15 April 2018, while four Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting on Easter Monday (2 April 2018). In December 2017, a suicide bombing at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church left nine dead and over 50 injured. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

Nine Christians died and over 50 were injured in the attack on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on 17th December 2017. The pastor told Barnabas, “We are under threat of further attacks”

One Christian, speaking on condition of anonymity, told journalists: “We have been living for centuries in Quetta but due to targeted killings of the Christian community, I have lost nine of my family members and friends. Many of our relatives shifted to Karachi and we will also leave Quetta due to the deteriorating security situation … Leaving [our] home town is quite tough but we have no other option.”

The pastor of Bethel Memorial Methodist Church told Barnabas Fund, “We are under threat of further attacks and the local police have provided us with some protection at the church. I have faith in Jesus Christ, with His angels to protect us. Some people are leaving, but He is with us and makes us brave in heart to stay in Quetta.”

From Barnabas Fund contacts

via 4 Christians killed for faith by Islamists in Pakistan

International Christian Concern

At Least Two Christians Killed in

Drive-By Shooting in Pakistan

 

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Third Attack on Christians in Quetta

04/16/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that at least two Christians were killed and three others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a group of Christians gathered in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, Pakistan. ISIS’s local branch claimed responsibility for Sunday’s deadly attack, marking its third attack on Christians in Quetta in recent months.

“Four men on two motorbikes opened indiscriminate fire” on a group of Christians,“killing two people while injuring three others,” local police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP. The shooting took place around 5:30 p.m. Victims were rushed to Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta where two of the victims, Azhar Iqbal and Rahid Khalid, succumbed to their wounds.

The attack took place in the Christian-majority neighborhood of Essa Nagri in Quetta. Following the attack, hundreds of Christians gathered to protest the killings. Protesters burned tires and blocked traffic as they called on the government to provide their community with greater security.

“The Christian community in Quetta has yet again become a target of rising intolerance and violence in society,” Pakistan’s National Commission for Justice and Peace said in a statement. “[We] strongly condemn these acts of terrorism and violence.”

Sunday’s shooting marks the third attack on Christians claimed by ISIS in Quetta. In December 2017, ISIS suicide bombers attacked Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, killing nine and injuring dozens more. Two weeks ago, on April 2, ISIS claimed responsibility for the targeted killing of a Christian family riding in an auto-rickshaw in Quetta. Following the attack, ISIS said that a “covert unit” of its militants “managed to target a number of the combatant Christians.”

“The Christian community is feeling insecure and threatened,” Pastor Simon of Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta told ICC. “We are not safe at places of worship, schools, or residential apartments. The majority of Christians are so depressed they are not sending their children to school and even avoid going to gatherings such as social or religious events.”

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “We here at International Christian Concern stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Pakistan in condemning this heinous attack. No one should fear being attacked and killed because of their religious identity. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Christians in Quetta have had to face this extreme violence. Pakistan’s authorities must do more to secure Christians and their places of worship. Pakistan must also make efforts to root out the extremist elements perpetrating these attacks. Until then, it is likely that attacks on the Christian community of Quetta will continue.”  

Pakistan’s Christians shocked and fearful after third attack

Azhar and Rahib were shot in broad daylight on the streets of Quetta city this week – the third extremist attack on local Christians in just four months.

Christians in southern Balochistan province are now living in fear as 15 believers have been murdered since mid-December. Islamic State (IS) says it carried out the attacks.

Please pray that God will comfort Azhar and Rahib’s families – and every other believer in Quetta.

Four gunmen on motorbikes shot Azhar, 26, and 16-year-old Rahib as they sat outside Azhar’s home opposite a church in the mainly Christian Isa Nagri area on Sunday evening. Three others were injured in the shooting, including two girls, aged 11 and 13.

Azhar’s father, Hakeem, says staff at the medical centre where Azhar was taken ‘didn’t know how to treat bullet wounds’ as there was no senior doctor present. Azhar later died. ‘The terrorists have not just killed Azhar, they have also killed me and his mother,’ says Hakeem.

The attack follows an incident in Quetta on Easter Monday when four members of a familywere shot dead. At least nine Christians were killed in a suicide attack on a Methodist church in the city just before Christmas.

  • Pray that God will console and provide for Rahib and Azhar’s families. Rahib’s father is paralysed so Rahib, his only son, was considered the family’s future breadwinner.
  • Pray that the Pakistan Government will heed local Christians’ calls for greater protection and increased security for their community.
  • Pray that God will thwart the plans of Islamist extremists in Quetta and across Pakistan – and lead them to repentance and new life in Him. Thank God that He loves Pakistan and all its people. (See below for more on our #Pray50 campaign.)

(Source: Morning Star News)

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