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ISIS Claims ResponsibilityThe attack targeted the family for their faith. "One young girl has been wounded, and four people have been killed, they were all Christians," Ali Mardan, a senior police official, told Al Jazeera. An Islamic State press statement released on Tuesday said that a "covert unit" of ISIS militants "managed to target a number of the combatant Christians." The statement adds that the militants "shot them ... which resulted in the killing of four of them, and all praise is due to Allah." NPR reports: "By targeting the family on the road, the gunmen found a weak link: Pakistani forces had stepped up security around churches to stop militants who target Christians on their holiest days. But the roads are still vulnerable."
A Reminder to Pray for Our Persecuted FamilyThe tragic attack is a sobering reminder to be in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters each day and especially during Christian celebrations like Easter and Christmas. Holidays we celebrate publicly without concern or fear of violence have become increasingly dangerous and volatile times of the year for persecuted Christians around the world. Please be in prayer for this family and our persecuted Christians in Pakistan:
- Pray for divine comfort and God's presence to surround the relatives and friends of this family.
- Pray for healing for this 12-year-old girl and for provision as she walks through the trauma and grief of losing her family. Pray that God would reveal His plan for her care and life in the months and years ahead.
- Pray with all of our brothers and sisters in Pakistan who continue to face pressure and violence for their faith from all sides--including Muslim extremist organizations like ISIS, government officials and society.
- Pray that God would draw these militants to Himself, that they would sense and accept His unconditional love for them.
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