Eight people were killed and dozens of others were wounded on Sunday when two suicide bombers attacked a church in Pakistan where hundreds of worshippers were attending service ahead of Christmas, officials said.
One of the suicide bombers was shot dead outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, but the other assailant 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.
“There were nearly 400 people inside the church, but the attackers couldn’t get inside the services,” provincial police chief Moazzam Jah told Reuters. “We killed one of them, and the other one exploded himself after police wounded him,” he said.
Eight people, including two women, were killed in the attack. Five women and two children were among the 45 people hurt. Full report