Armed assailants kill church priest in Pakistan
Armed assailants kill church priest in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Following the killing of a pastor by armed gunmen, the Christian community in Peshawar has shut down all educational institutions and churches.

According to police reports, William Siraj, a pastor at a church within the Chamkani police station borders, was with a colleague priest on Sunday near the Ring Road area when unknown gunmen opened fire. Siraj died on the scene, while the priest who was with him was transferred to Lady Reading Hospital.

"Within the Gulbahar police station's jurisdiction, the event occurred along Ring Road. A large police detachment had arrived on the location, and a search was underway. Evidence was gathered at the crime scene, and CCTV cameras were examined as well "According to a statement released by the police authorities.

"While further inquiry was underway, the body was transported to the hospital for an autopsy." According to preliminary investigative findings, at least two perpetrators were involved in the assault, which authorities have labelled a terrorist act.

"It was a sad attack on the Christian community. A thorough investigation has been initiated. Members of the minority community were allegedly targeted. As a result, it was a terrorist attack "Abbas Ahsan, a police officer of the Capital City Police Department, remarked (CCPO).

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