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Monday, November 19, 2012

Gunmen kill Shia Muslim of Hazara community in Quetta, Pakistan



Pakistani volunteers carry a gunshot victim on a stretcher at a hospital following an attack by gunmen in Quetta. (File photo)

Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:45AM GMT

Unknown gunmen have killed a Shia Muslim in the Pakistani city of Quetta in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, Press TV reports.

The masked men, riding motorbikes opened fire on a bus parked in a terminal in Quetta early Monday, leaving a Shia Muslim of Hazara tribe dead.

Pakistan’s police has launched an investigation into the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the offensive.


Dozens of Shia Muslims belonging to Hazara community have lost their lives in Baluchistan in recent months.
Pakistan’s pro-Taliban militants have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims over the past years.

According to local sources, militants affiliated to Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups have killed hundreds of Shia Muslims in the region since the start of the campaign.

The country’s Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed.

The killing of Shias in Pakistan has sparked international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing carnage. Still, those behind the violence are rarely caught or punished.

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