Sectarian atrocity: Three Hazara men killed in Quetta van attack

Published: September 24, 2011

At least three people were killed and two injured in a shooting incident near Sariab Road in Quetta. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: 

When a passenger van came under attack on Friday, the Hazara community became a target once again.

Three people from the community were killed while three others, including a child, sustained injuries when gunmen attacked the van on Sibi Road in Saryab, on the outskirts of Quetta.

The attack came just three days after 26 Shia pilgrims, travelling to Iran from Quetta, were ambushed in the Ganjidori area of Mastung. Banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) had claimed responsibility for that attack.

On Friday, a passenger van was on its way to Mach coal mine field from Quetta when it was stopped by assailants armed with Kalashnikovs, a police official said. The attackers forced passengers off the van and gunned down three Shias after identifying them as Hazaras. Three others, including a child, received bullet wounds.

The attackers managed to make their escape in a get-away car and motorbikes.

The Saryab police and rescue workers reached the spot soon after and shifted the bodies and the injured to the Provincial Sandeman Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex. The victims were coal mine workers and residents of Hazara Town.

“We were going to a coal mine field when we were targeted by the culprits,” a victim’s relative said at the hospital. Scores of people from the Hazara community gathered at the hospital to condemn the attack.

“It was sectarian targeted killings and investigations are under way,” Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG-Investigations) Nazir Kurd said. Security throughout Quetta was put on high alert.

“Armed men stopped the van and asked all the passengers to disembark. They then separated the Hazara people from the others before opening fire. Bullets also hit the van,” Pirzada Khan, one of the injured admitted to Sandeman Hospital, said.

Another injured, Talbin Hussain, was referred to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) due to his critical condition. The child was also stated to be in a critical condition as he received bullets in his abdomen.

Enraged by Friday’s attack, people took to the streets and forced shops and commercial establishments situated on Jinnah Road to shut down.

A heavy contingent of the Frontier Corps and police was deployed at the two hospitals.

Hazara Democratic Party, Tahafuz-e-Hazaradaran Council, Shia Conference and Wahthul Muslimeem have strongly condemned the incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2011.

on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook

Reader Comments (23)

  • Sad but true
    Sep 23, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Now for the next two days, all the Pakistanis will be commenting against the terrorist outfits. After that USA will say something and they will shift their comments towards USA. These are confused people. I hope Allah gives them the wisdom to choose between a cold Stone Age and a prosperous Nation.

    Recommend

  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 6:28PM

    This killing through out the country has to stop. This is sheer madness.
    Where are the security agencies,police etc?

    Recommend

  • Cityboy
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:06PM

    Lets pray that fallen will go to jannat.

    Recommend

  • M M Malik
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:22PM

    Civilized people protect their minorities. The murderers are barbaric animals and are misguided fools.

    Recommend

  • Nasir
    Sep 23, 2011 - 7:30PM

    @Sad but true: you have it the nail on the head – the problem with our people is that they do not want to accept the fact that terrorists kill more muslims then America ever has. Our people are brainwashed by mullahs and TV hosts like Aamir Liaquat. Recommend

  • Ali Mardan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 8:34PM

    There is no writ of the Government even in provincial capital Quetta. A handful of terrorists are killing innocent members of Hazara community every day but government and its law enforcing agencies are keeping blind eyes on these barbaric act of terror.
    United Nations should intervene into the issue as the state has failed to provide security to his citizens.

    Recommend

  • Noise
    Sep 23, 2011 - 9:52PM

    Im willing to bet those 9 murderers were the same people who killed those people in Mastung

    Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 23, 2011 - 10:54PM

    @Nasir:
    It is also so sad that every incident is blamed to mullah, without any evidance, without any reports comes out, we start blaming mullahs. Why we ignore foreign hands behind these incident in dividing us?

    Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 23, 2011 - 10:56PM

    @Nasir:
    Muslims are not allowed to do false blame.

    Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 23, 2011 - 10:56PM

    @Nasir:
    i think you and you type of people are brain washed by USA who always blame.

    Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 23, 2011 - 10:57PM

    Why ignoring BLA

    Recommend

  • juniad hassan
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:52PM

    shias cannot and will not be silent spectatur to mass murder of shias will take help from neighbouring countries if pak government doesnt protect shias.

    Recommend

  • asad
    Sep 24, 2011 - 12:32AM

    banned organization LJ( lashker jhangvi) has taken the responsibility of both attacks as well as targeted killing against hazars and shia’s of rest Pakistan .Punjab govt has alliance with them provincial govt is their supporter, while they are free to do any activity under the banner of govt protection, this would cause civil war against them bet for sure

    Recommend

  • Mubarik Ali
    Sep 24, 2011 - 12:48AM

    @juniad hassan:
    Sure these animals who attack innocent people should be caged and eliminated.

    Recommend

  • ah
    Sep 24, 2011 - 1:36AM

    @Atif

    Why are these foreign hands killing only the innocent and harmless shia hazaras?

    Recommend

  • dingling
    Sep 24, 2011 - 1:43AM

    where the hell is balochistan police isi and raisanis

    Recommend

  • Sep 24, 2011 - 2:54AM

    every one prey that Allah give hidayat to every muslim if hidayt is in there luck if not then pray that aaaiii Allah distroye that people who killed inocent people and distroye those muslim who distroye islam with there tung and friends i am sory my english is not very good thats y if u dnt understan for give me

    Recommend

  • fara pari
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:29AM

    we want justice till when we should tolerate,till when should see the that our brothers are killing in front of our eyes,what we have done????what is our sin????why we should be kill by unknown people??????? ohhhhhhhhhh God help us,Al ajal ya imam,

    Recommend

  • Aftab
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:35AM

    The miseries of Hazaras in Quetta are at height. Government should be very clear in its strategy either to enforce law or permit citizens to protect themselves on their own.

    Recommend

  • Sep 24, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Sir Shahzab I read your story This is very good and not I just received this information through your story but So I improve my English.
    You’re very good Writer……!!!
    Your news is magical… Recommend

  • Yasir Raza
    Sep 24, 2011 - 9:16PM

    @@@@@@@ ATIF,,,,,ATIF
    the masses still have the delusional believes like blaming every incident to YAHOOD oo NASARA,,whenever there is any incident there is a claim by the SON OF DEMON LeJ and now a new player SAYEDUNA KHALID BIN WALID brigade,,,how i should not blame MULLAHz when the survivors say that while firing,,those people continued shouting ALLAH O AKBAR,,,and people have the brain washed concepts not watching what is actually happening,,not realizing the ground facts and like absurd mullahs quickly issue the decree for being brain washed by american concepts…moreover a point to think upon,,if you think its being done by the foreign hands,,why don’t you ponder upon the issue that those involved in this UN-ISLAMIC acts are the muslims from within the society,,not any JEW or American from USA and ISRAEL..first look into your collar,,foster your society against evil mullah and then blame others…Recommend

  • Sep 25, 2011 - 5:12AM

    LEJ give reasons, Hazaras are agents of Iran and they are shias so have to be killed but if have u heard any condemend statement from the state of Iran? after these masscares of Hazaras.. NO. my message to LEJ is, why u are killing unarmed people? if u r a real muslims or real man if u r the followers of Hazarat Umar, He was a real man who coquered 22 lake sq mile terrotry but never killed any unarmed people nor women or children. but u r not the follower of Hazarat Umar u r the follower of Yzaid laeen who spared no one even prophet Muhammad’s family. if u think r a real muslim and real man come face to face with us and fight like a man with us then u will know who we are.

    Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali
    Sep 26, 2011 - 1:28AM

    @Atif:
    Baloch Liberation Army is not the enemy of innocent people. There fight is against Pakistani rulers. It is Lashkar Jhangvi and Sipah e Sahaba who kill indiscriminately. They are on the payrole of Wahabis.

    Recommend

More in Balochistan