Christian Family Murdered in Easter Attack

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Pakistani Christians mourn at the funeral of one of the victims of Monday's terror attack. (Photo: BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani Christians mourn at the funeral of one of the victims of Monday’s terror attack. (Photo: BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Four Christians were murdered and a young girl injured in a terrorist attack in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday. Quetta is the capital of the Balochistan province in South Western Pakistan.

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

All four were members of the same family. They had been meeting relatives in a Christian area of the city. Traveling in a in a ricksha, they had just left the house where they were staying when armed men on a motorcycle drove past and opened fire.

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

Pakistan has long been struggling to contain Islamist terrorists. In particular, the Pakistani terror group Tehreek-e-Taliban cooperates with the Afghan Taliban on the other side of the border and is able to move men and resources from one country to the other. This flexibility makes it harder for Pakistan to combat terrorists effectively.

Religious minorities are frequently targeted in Pakistan. In particular, Shiites, Ahmadis and Christians often suffer terrorist attacks. Christians make up an estimated 2% of Pakistan’s population.

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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

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