In the first attack against a Christian family, the family was travelling in a rickshaw when armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on them on Quetta's Shah Zaman road.
ISIL, also known as ISIS, has claimed responsibility for several attacks targeting civilians in Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, in recent years, including an attack on a Sufi shrine and multiple attacks on Hazara Shias. 'It was an act of terrorism'. He was inside the house when the attack took place.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for that attack in a statement, but provided no proof of its involvement.
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ISIS said in a statement that its militants shot the Christians "with a pistol, which resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah". Police said at the time that the death toll could have been higher if it wasn't for the actions of security forces who took out other attackers on the scene. The attack killed four Christians, on April 2, Easter Monday.
In December, a week before Christmas, two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 people and wounding up to 56, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Around 2 percent of Pakistan's population are Christians. Dead bodies were shifted to Civil Hospital.
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All the victims, including the rickshaw driver, were members of the local Christian community, police officer Muhammad Anwar told CNN.
Also in 2016, an Easter Sunday bombing targeting Christians at an amusement park in the eastern city of Lahore which killed at least 69 people, and a blast at a hospital in Quetta which killed 72 people.
Pakistan is ranked fifth on Christian support organization Open Doors' 2018 Word Watch List of the countries where it is most hard to be a Christian.
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