Pakistan: Quetta church hit in suicide attack by Asad Hashim


Gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta on Sunday [Naseer Ahmed/Reuters]
Gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta on Sunday [Naseer Ahmed/Reuters]

Islamabad – A suicide attack on a church in the western Pakistani city of Quetta has killed at least eight people, hospital officials say.

A second attacker fired upon worshippers during a midday service on Sunday, prompting a police operation in the area, officials told Al Jazeera.

Provincial police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari said the second attacker was initially wounded by security forces and has now been killed.

He confirmed that the first attacker blew himself up at the gate to the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, while the second was wounded in an exchange of fire near the gate as well.


Suicide bomber hits southwest Pakistan

“We have cleared the immediate area around the church, and we are now clearing a peripheral area further out,” Ansari said, speaking to the media at the site of the attack.

Witnesses reported a heavy exchange of gunfire in the neighbourhood as police worked to clear the area.

“People were fleeing to the corners [of the church]. I couldn’t understand what was happening, it happened so suddenly,” said a woman who was at the church when the attack occurred, on condition of anonymity.

Waseem Ahmed, a hospital official at the nearby Civil Hospital, said 33 people were wounded in the attack.

More than 200 people were gathered at the church for the service at the time of the attack.

Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, has been at the centre of recent violence in Pakistan, and often comes under attack both from armed groups allied with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and separatist groups.

Last month, a suicide attack targeting paramilitary soldiers killed at least four people and wounded 15 others.

Earlier that month, a senior police official was also killed in a similar attack, while in October at least seven police officials were killed in another roadside bombing.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.

Asad Hashim is Al Jazeera’s Web Correspondent in Pakistan. He tweets @AsadHashim.


3 replies

    The world is not getting better but getting worse and worse— more innocent Chistian died by the extremist Muslim.

    There are clerics say: it has nothing to do with Islam. Why they said that, I think the clerics feel ashamed with their religion, it is better to lie then admit it. How dangerous will be if clerics never tell the truth.

    Young educated Muslims have to tell the truth always, if it is wrong say wrong! Allah know every thing.

    The truth is these murder Muslim follow the sunnah, sahih Muslim-Bukhari ( I believe these hadith are false).
    1.Sahih Hadith: those who kill infidel ( khafir) will enter Paradise. ( Hinor killing)
    2. Sahih Muslim 33—”I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah”
    3. Sahih Muslim 4366—“ I will expel the Jews and Christian from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim”

    How dangerous these Hadith are? Thousand innocent people have died, Do we keep silence with these Hadith?
    If Clerics do not REJECT these Hadith publicly, actually they agree with the extremist idelogy.

    Hopefully Ahmadiyyah has to reject all violent Hadith publicly in order all Muslim know it.

    With ❤️

  2. La Iqra fid Deen! (there is no compulsion in faith)
    I categorically reject all the statements, contrary the Verse 2:256 La Iqra fid Deen! (there is no compulsion in faith). It is a sad day.

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