TWO suicide bombers targeted a packed Catholic church in Pakistan today killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 more.
The gunmen – wearing explosive vests – stormed the church in Quetta city during Sunday services and opened fire on the hundreds inside.
Police guards at the church exchanged fire with the attackers before they could enter the main sanctuary, said local police chief Moazzam Jah.
He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside.
“There were nearly 400 people inside the church,” Jah said. “We killed one of them, and the other one exploded himself after police wounded him.”
Jah said the venue – Bethel Memorial Methodist Church – was on high alert as Christian places of worship were often targeted by Islamist extremists over Christmas.