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Monday, April 9, 2012

Six (Hazaras) killed in Quetta sectarian attack

By Mohammad Zafar

QUETTA: Six people belonging to the Hazara community were killed and three others were injured when armed men opened fire at a cobblers shop on the Prince Road in the provincial capital on Monday night.

Police termed the incident a case of sectarian violence and started investigation.

According to official sources, the shoemakers were sitting inside their shop when assailants on two motorcycles opened fire on them with automatic weapons, killing six of them instantly while injuring three others.

The bodies and injured were taken to Sandeman Hosptial. “At least six dead bodies and three injured were brought to the hospital,” doctors at the hospital said.

The deceased were identified as Mama Karim, Muhammad Hassan, Saeed Ahmed, Qurban Ali, Nadir Ali and Shabir Hussain while injured as Yunus, Lala Musa and Ustad Hadi.

Score of people belonging to the Hazara community reached the hospital and raised slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for their failure to protect life and property of citizens.

Quetta Police Deputy Inspector General Qazi Wahid said that all the victims belonged to Hazara community and it appeared to be a case of sectarian target killing. A group of angry people blocked the Jinnah Road and forcibly closed shops in the area to mark the protest. Some people armed with sophisticated weapons harassed the doctors and journalists and surrounded the hospital.

Daily Times

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