Islamist gunmen kill, injure Christians in Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan — Christians in Quetta, Pakistan, are living in fear after the second recent attack by suspected Islamist militants. The group killed two Christians and injured three more, including two girls, in front of a home in the predominantly Christian Isa Nagri neighborhood April 15.

Another attack in Quetta on April 2, Easter Monday, killed four Christians and injured one girl.

Islamic State (IS) group militants claimed responsibility for killing the two Christians in Isa Nagri, as they did in the Easter Monday slaughter, but their involvement in both crimes has not been verified. IS has created a branch in Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent years, mostly by recruiting among established militants. Its followers have claimed some of Pakistan’s most deadly recent attacks. At least 15 Christians have been killed in a suicide attack and multiple targeted attacks since December.

Pakistan is ranked fifth on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2018 Word Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. (MS)