Quetta: Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri on Monday vowed that terrorists cannot weaken his people’s resolve with their nefarious designs.
Addressing media here, a day after the terrorist attack on Quetta’s Bethel Memorial Church, the minister said the country’s resolve against terrorism remains unflinching. “Our resolve remains strong and unflinching against terrorists. Their [cowardly] attacks cannot weaken us,” he said.
CM Zehri announced Rs10 lac in compensation each for the families of the dead, and Rs5 lac for each injured in the attack. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured in Sunday’s terrorist attack, which was carried out when prayer services were underway at the church.
According to officials, the two suicide bombers were between the ages of 16 and 20. The suicide jacket which was defused contained 15 kilogrammes of explosive material.
Balochistan Inspector General Police (IGP) Moazzam Ansari confirmed to media that 400 people were present inside the church at the time of the attack and a major tragedy was avoided due to the quick response of security forces.
CM Zehri, meanwhile, has ordered a report pertaining to the attack from IGP Balochistan.