Four Shi­ites shot dead in south­west Pak­istan

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Quetta, Pak­istan - Gun­men am­bushed a car and killed four fam­ily mem­bers from the Shi­ite Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in a sec­tar­ian at­tack in south­west Pak­istan on Wed­nes­day, po­lice said.

The men sprayed bul­lets at the ve­hi­cle of the Hazara Shi­ite fam­ily trav­el­ling to Karachi as they passed through Choto, a town some 40km south of the Balochis­tan pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Quetta.

“Four peo­ple of a fam­ily, in­clud­ing a woman, were killed and an­other man wounded when gun­men fired with au­to­matic weapons on their car as it slowed down on a speed bump,” lo­cal po­lice sta­tion chief Ab­dul Qu­doos told AFP.

“It is a sec­tar­ian killing as the fam­ily had no en­emy,” Qu­doos said.

Dis­trict po­lice chief Ghaz­an­far Ali Shah con­firmed the de­tails and said po­lice sus­pect the at­tack was pre-planned, with in­for­mants in Quetta in­form­ing the at­tack­ers about the fam­ily’s move­ments.

There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity but Tal­iban mil­i­tants have at­tacked Shi­ite Hazaras in the past.

Sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence - in par­tic­u­lar by Sunni hard­lin­ers against Shi­ites who make up roughly 20 per cent of Pak­istan’s 200mn peo­ple - has claimed thou­sands of lives in the coun­try over the past decade.

Balochis­tan, which bor­ders Iran and Afghanistan, has oil and gas re­sources but is af­flicted by ex­trem­ist mil­i­tancy, sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence be­tween Sunni and Shi­ite Mus­lims and a sep­a­ratist in­sur­gency.

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