18 December 2017 - 11:19
Iran slams Pakistan church attack

TEHRAN, Dec. 18 (MNA) – Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has vehemently censured the Sunday terrorist attack on a church in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine people and injuring 35 others.

In a Monday statement, the ministry’s spokesman Bahram Ghasemi condemned the suicide attack on a church in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province in southwestern Pakistan, and extended his sympathies to the Pakistani nation and government, as well as the bereaved families of the victims.

“The remnants of the Takfirist-Zionist terrorists of ISIL, who emerged in the Middle East with the support of some regional and trans-regional countries, and whose defeat has become definite in Syria and Iraq, are now scattered across the region, killing and shedding the blood of innocent people with any religion and belief in every part of the world,” Ghasemi said.

He went on to add, “in the aftermath of their downfall, they are seeking to intimidate nations and undermine their resolve and unity by carrying out blind, aimless and scattered terror attacks.”

“Although the largest terrorist group in the world has disintegrated by the steel resolve of regional countries and in spite of the inclination of our enemies, their remnants are still trying to keep the terrorist ideology alive and keep the region and the world in turmoil by taking such blind and brutal acts,” Ghasemi concluded.

Two suicide bombers attacked a church packed with worshipers on Sunday in Quetta, the capital of the restive Baluchistan Province southwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine people and injuring at least 35 others. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

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