13 Shiites dead in Quetta attack
QUETTA (PAN): Thirteen members of the minority Hazara community were killed during a suspected sectarian attack on their vehicle in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday morning, officials said.
Another seven commuters were wounded when unidentified gunmen in a double cab pick-up opened fire on their bus in Quetta, the provincial capital, police officer Riaz Ahmad Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The gunmen forced the passengers off the bus in the Akhtarabad neighbourhood and sprayed them with bullets. He said the Shiite men were on their way from Hazara Town to the Hazar Ganji area.
Quetta police chief, Hamid Shakil, told newsmen at the scene that 30 people were travelling in the ill-fated vehicle. Police were looking for the assailants who fled the scene after perpetrating the attack, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the shooting in Quetta, where more than 100 Shiites have been killed in stepped-up attacks by suspected Sunni extremists.
Police said the victims -- fruit and vegetable sellers -- were taken to the Bolan Medical College Hospital, where a number of people protested against the incident. The protestors torched the bus that came under attack.
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