CCTV footage shows terrorists entering Quetta's church premises

A man helps an injured woman and a child following an attack on a church in Quetta Pakistan on Dec. 17 2017
A man helps an injured woman and a child following an attack on a church in Quetta Pakistan on Dec. 17 2017 Arshad Butt—AP
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20 December, 2017

Pakistan's Balochistan province, where Quetta is located, shares its borders with both Iran and Afghanistan.

The footage shows one of the terrorist jumping the outer wall of the church to enter and then opening the gate for the other.

At least five people were killed and 21 injured when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan during a service Sunday, just over a week before Christmas, police said.

Each attacker was carrying 15 kilograms of explosive plus grenades, said civil defence official Aslam Tareen.

A Reuters report says that 45 people in the church were wounded. These samples will be sent to Punjab Forensic Laboratory in Lahore.

"The prayer hall's wooden door broke and fell on us ..."

The church had been decorated with a Christmas tree.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's Amaq news agency said, but provided no evidence for the claim.

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Security forces continue to search for suspected accomplices.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a church in Quetta .

ISIS called the attacker who detonated his vest one of the "Crusaders" and said the other was killed while fighting "renegade Pakistani security forces". The area has been cordoned off and an emergency situation was imposed in all hospitals across Quetta. "We had demanded the government beef up security for churches all over the country".

A young girl in a white dress sobbed as she recounted the attack to Geo television, saying many people around her were wounded. He also expressed his sympathies with the victims' families and wished for early recovery of the injured.

The has been the target of a terrorist attack in the past.

Several gunmen have reportedly attacked a Christian church in the southern Pakistani city of Quetta.

According to the church's Facebook page, it had organised different programmes all throughout December to mark Christmas, and was holding a "Sunday School Christmas Programme" at the time of the attack.

Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal condemned the terror attack, saying Pakistan's resolve against terrorism can not be deterred by these cowardly acts of terrorists.


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