Eight people were murdered and dozens of others were wounded on Sunday when two ISIS suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan where hundreds of worshipers were attending service ahead of Christmas.
One of the Muslim suicide bombers was shot and eliminated outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, but the other terrorist made it to the church’s entrance hall as Sunday services opened, said Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for the southwestern Baluchistan province.
The gunman — who didn’t gain access to the main building — opened fire at the churchgoers before detonating his explosive vest.
Eight people, including two women, were murdered in the terror attack. Five women and two children were among the 45 people hurt.
Authorities were hunting for two suspected accomplices who escaped the scene, Quetta police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terror attack. The church was placed on high alert for a possible attack because Christian places of worship are often targeted by Muslim terrorists during Christmas time.