At least eight people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan.
Armed men stormed the church, which was packed with Sunday-goers at the time, in Quetta, a city close to the Afghan-Pakistani border.
Thus far, Daesh (IS) has claimed responsibility for the recent attack in Pakistan.
Sarfraz Bugti, the Balochistan region’s home minister, said that two suicide bombers were stopped at the entrance of the church.
“There could have been hundreds of casualties, had the men got any further,” Mr Bugti added.
One of the suicide bombers had successfully been stooped in a gunfight with police, while the other had detonated his bomb vest.
According to reports, a search operation is currently underway and security officials are still looking for two attackers, who had fled the scene.
The attack also wounded dozens of people who attended the regular Sunday service at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church.
Several children, who attended Sunday school, had taken shelter while gunfight happened between the militants and police officers.
Dr Mohammed Faisal, a spokesperson for the Pakistani foreign ministry, has condemned the attack.
Attacks in the Sunni Muslim-majority region are common, often targeting the Hazara Shia Muslim community in suicide bombings.
However, Pakistani Christian minority has also frequently been targeted by the militant groups, and security guards had been deployed near the church in Quetta as a result.
More details to follow. Image 1 of casualties from Reuters.