ISIS strikes Quetta church a week before Christmas

Pakistani security forces prevented the suicide bombers from entering the church, saving hundreds of lives, officials say.

By Abdul Ghani Kakar

ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Bethel Methodist Memorial Church in Quetta December 17, killing at least nine worshipers and wounding dozens of others. The CCTV footage shows the attackers. [Courtesy of Abdul Ghani Kakar]

QUETTA -- Pakistani officials are searching for two potential suspects who might have fled after carrying out a deadly terrorist attack on a church on Quetta's Zarghoon Road.

The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the Sunday (December 17) attack on Bethel Methodist Memorial Church.

Nine people were killed and 44 others wounded, Dr. Waseem Ahmed, spokesperson for the Civil Hospital in Quetta, told Pakistan Forward.