At least nine killed, 30 injured as terrorists target Quetta church

QUETTA Dec 17: At least nine people were killed and 30 others were injured in a blast near a church located at Quetta on Friday, Samaa reported.

According to initial reports, a blast and heavy firing was heard near Methodist Church which is located at Zarghoon Road.

Meanwhile, SSP Operations said that two attackers were killed in the exchange of fire between the terrorists and security forces.

Inspector General Balochistan Moazzam Ansari, speaking to the press, said that two suicide bombers attacked the church.

“One of them blew himself up at the gate of the church while the police shot the second terrorist dead.

“Both of the attackers could not enter the premises of the church,” he said.

The city administration has enforced an emergency in Civil Hospital and other medical institutions of the provincial capital.

Large contingents of Frontier Corps (FC) and Police have reached the scene to control the situation. The law enforcement agencies have started an operation to neutralize the attackers.

Bomb Disposal Squad has also reached the scene.

Home Minister of Balochistan Sarfraz Bugti confirmed that terrorists targeted the church located in the area.

It is pertinent to mention that large number of people are present in the church to attend their prayers. It should be noted that the incident took place just a week away from Christmas.