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Pakistani Christian fears raised after Catholic killed

A Catholic security guard in Pakistan was shot dead on Tuesday in a border town near Afghanistan, raising fears among Christians, church people said.

According to reports, Minamen Bashir was hit by 16 bullets at the Quetta airport in southwestern Pakistan.

The native of Bahawalpur, where gunmen killed at least 16 people on 28 October, was the only Christian working at the airport, reported UCA News.

Christians in Bahawalpur have formed committees to protect themselves and had a special meeting to draw up a strategy for their safety, said Dominican Fr Albert Youhanna. Because the victim is from Bahawalpur, people are speculating that his death is "closely connected" to the killings, the priest said.