Karachi: At least two suicide attackers struck the Bethel Memorial Church while Sunday service was going on. There were 400 worshipers inside the church when it came under attack, Balochistan's Inspector General of Police (IG) Moazzam Ansari and Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said.
Police assigned to the church's security reacted in a timely manner and averted a much larger tragedy, IG Ansari claimed. Eyewitnesses and provincial lawmaker Aniqa Irfan, who had reached the church soon after the attack, corroborated the claim.An eyewitness who was present inside the church at the time of the attack said the attackers had scuffled with the building's guard when their attempt to enter the main hall undetected failed.
When they shot the guard dead, police officials posted around the church noticed something was amiss and opened fire on the attackers. One of the attackers was reported to have then detonated his suicide vest at the church's main door after receiving bullet injuries.