In a fresh attack on minorities in Pakistan, four terrorists have been killed after a gunfight with security forces at a Christian Colony in Peshawar, Reuters reported. A civilian was also killed in the attack. The four heavily-armed men attacked the Christian colony, opening indiscriminate fire that left one person dead and several others injured before the terrorists were gunned down by security forces in this northwestern Pakistani city.
Pakistani Taliban-linked Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Army spokesman Lt. General Asim Bajwa said in a tweet the authorities responded to the attack promptly. The firing began at 6 am in the morning, with the gunmen wearing suicide vests, Pakistani news website Dawn reported.
The attack comes in line with earlier attacks on minorities in Pakistan. In August 2016, at least four Hindus were killed in individual strikes in what were called religiously motivated attacks. Hindus, Christians and Ahmadiyya Community are the minorities that are often the targets of religiously motivated attacks.
Here’s a look at some of the recent attacks on minorities in Pakistan:
1. In 2010, in an attack on the Ahmadiyya Community, 94 people were killed and more than 120 were injured in nearly simultaneous attacks against two mosques of the minority community. The attack was followed by a hostage situation that lasted for hours.The attack was claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and their Punjab wing.
2. In February 2012, 12 militants dressed in military uniforms attacked buses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. They brought 18 men out of the bus and then killed them all. Except one, all the victims were Shia Muslim residents of Gilgit-Baltistan. The bus was traveling from Rawalpindi, Punjab to Gilgit, Gilgit Baltistan. The killings were based on their religious affiliation after identification. The dead included three children while 27 other passengers on the bus were spared.
3. In September 2013, the All Saints Church in Peshawar faced a twin suicide bomb attack. 127 people were killed and over 250 injured. Out of the two suicide bombers, one was stopped by the police outside the church and detonated there. The other managed to get inside and detonated the bomb inside the church.
4. In March 2015, another set of twin blasts rocked the Roman Catholic Church and Christ Church during Sunday service at Youhanabad town of Lahore. Not as big as the 2013 attack, at least 15 people were killed and seventy were wounded in this. They couldn’t blow the bomb up inside the church because they were stopped outside by the guards.
(with inputs from agencies)