Four Shiite Hazara Muslims were martyred when armed militants of outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba (Yazeed) and Taliban opened fire at their vehicle near Kaghan Hotel, on Masjid road in Quetta on Monday.
“The attackers, who were on a motorcycle, fled the scene after firing easily,” Shiite News correspondent reported from Quetta.
“Raza Hussain, whose vehicle was fired at was the owner of an electronics shop in the area and was going home after closing shop, adding that the incident took place shortly before Iftar.
The dead bodies were shifted to a hospital while police officials cordoned off the area for further investigation.
Fayyaz Sumbal, the Deputy Inspector General Police, said four militants opened fire at the vehicle on Masjid road area of Quetta.
All four men sitting in the vehicle were seriously wounded and succumbed to their injuries on their way to the Combined Military Hospital, he said. The attackers managed to escape after the attack, he added
Police said the victims belonged to the ethnic Hazara community and were attacked when they were shutting down their shop.
A large number of police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel cordoned off the area and started investigation into the incident.
Balochistan suffers from sectarian violence stemming from rising extremist militancy, and a nationalist insurgency waged by separatists. Sectarian militants have repeatedly targeted Quetta’s ethnic Hazaras, carrying out several attacks and bombings on the minority community.
Monday’s incident comes exactly two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing at a Quetta Imambargah killed 30 members of the Hazara community. The Lashkar-i-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the bombing, one of a series of attacks this year by the sectarian outfit targeting the majority-Shia Hazaras