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PAKISTAN – Islamic State pre-Christmas church attack leaves nine dead and over 50 injured


21 December 2017

Islamist State terrorists killed nine and injured over 50 Christians in a suicide attack on a church in Quetta on Sunday 17 December. 

The death toll could have been much higher had it not been for the courageous efforts of two men who managed to lock the church gates and delay the attackers. The two men, grandfather George Maish (63) and 36-year-old father of five Sultan Masih (not related), were both killed in the attack.

Nine Christians died and over 50 were injured when IS terrorists attacked a church service in Quetta, Pakistan on 17th December 2017
Nine Christians died and over 50 were injured when IS terrorists attacked a church service in Quetta, Pakistan on 17th December 2017

The congregation had gathered for a pre-Christmas service at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, south-western Pakistan.

Among those affected were some of the poor and needy families who receive monthly food parcels from Barnabas Fund. At least three of the families being supported by Barnabas Fund’s feeding programme have sustained serious loss. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Barnabas has sent emergency funds to help the survivors at Quetta and to assist with burial, medical and other costs. If you would like to give to aid the Christian victims of the attack, you can do so here.

From Barnabas Fund partners