An Islamic State press statement released on Tuesday said that a “covert unit” of ISIS militants “managed to target a number of the combatant Christians.”
The statement adds that the militants “shot them with a pistol, which resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah”
The shooting, which targeted a single family, occurred in the western city of Quetta, the provincial capital.
Armed men opened fire at a rickshaw carrying the family of three who were returning home from a bazaar at around 6:45 p.m. (9.45 a.m. ET) local time. The men fled on a motorcycle.
All the victims, including the rickshaw driver, were members of the local Christian community, police officer Muhammad Anwar told CNN.
The terror group has claimed responsibility but so far has not offered evidence of its involvement. The city has seen a rise in attacks by militants including ISIS-affiliated groups.
Pakistan’s Christian minority has often been targeted by militants.
Source : Nbcnewyork