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Christian murdered in Pakistan terrorist attack

by Aaron James

The Pakistani military has said militants attacked a Christian colony near Peshawar, murdering one believer before four of them were killed by security forces.

Three security officials and two civilian guards were also wounded in the attack early on Friday.

Army spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa said the attack was quickly repulsed and security forces were searching for any accomplices of the militants.

Pakistan's army chief General Raheel Sharif praised security forces for foiling the attack.

Local police official Shaukat Khan said four suicide bombers entered the Christian colony and one of them went into a church but no-one was there at the time. He said they killed one Christian in the colony.

He said a quick response from the local civilian guards and security forces prevented more deaths.

No-one claimed responsibility but the attack came a day after the military said it foiled a bid by the Islamic State group to expand its network into the predominantly Muslim country.

The military arrested 309 suspects, including IS members from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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