Quick response from security forces save Quetta from APS like tragedy

A person carries a woman as he runs out with others after gunmen attacked the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, December 17, 2017. REUTERS

QUETTA: Had the police now not replied to the reviews of militant assault on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta’s Zarghoon street, the demise toll will have been a lot upper as loads of folks have been within the church.

At least 8 folks have been killed and over 30 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked the church all the way through a Sunday carrier, simply over every week sooner than Christmas, police stated.

Officials stated security forces intercepted and shot one bomber out of doors however the second one attacker controlled to succeed in the church´s primary door the place he blew himself up.

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Saving a dreadful assault from taking place when some 400 Christians have been providing their Sunday prayers on the Church, security officers neutralized the attackers on the front, stated IG Balochistan Moazzam Jah. Had the bomber controlled to flee inside of, large casualties would were reported differently, he famous.

However, LEAs quick-thinking and good enough retaliatory response now not handiest helped in escorting youngsters and their households out of doors the Church corridor, but in addition made the assault unsuccessful by barricading the primary front.

Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa praised the efficient and suggested response undertaken by the security forces.

“The terrorists had guns and it kind of feels they sought after to take hostages within the church. The police and FC guards provide stopped this from taking place,” said Mir Sarfraz Bugti, Home Minister – Balochistan.

Bugti additional posted on Twitter that it took a complete of 16 mins best to complete the operation led by CCPO, IGP Balochistan and DC Quetta.

Pictures showcasing security forces serving to other folks to escape from sight safely undergo witness of the swiftness in response and intelligence, which in fact avoided an enormous assault that may have claimed blameless lives.

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