Two people belonging to the Hazara community were injured while three of them escaped unhurt when their car was attacked by a group of armed men near Mastung on Wednesday.
According to a Balochistan Levies official, five people were en route to Quetta from Mach town when a group of armed men opened fire at their vehicle near Dasht.
As a result, two people, Jawad Ahmed and Khadem Hussain, sustained bullet wounds, while the other three escaped unhurt. Assistant Commissioner Dasht Nasir Ahmed Jattak and Naib Tehsildar Mohammad Ramzan, along with Balochistan Levies personnel, reached the spot and cordoned off the area.
“It could be an incident of sectarian targeted killing. A search has begun in the area to find the culprits,” officials said. Similarly, a man was shot dead and another wounded in Quetta, both belonging to the Hazara community. Law enforcement agencies have beefed up security on national highways and in Quetta after increasing attacks on the Hazara community.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2012.