QUETTA: Three people, including a deputy director of research, water resources and a lady health worker, were gunned down in two separate shooting incidents here on Saturday.
Deputy Director of Research Water Resources, Abdul Jabbar, was going from his home in Faisal Town, Brewery road, to his office when unidentified attackers opened fire on him on Airport Road.
The attackers were in a car and fled the scene after the shooting. Jabbar was taken to Sandeman Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. “The victim received three bullet wounds in his head and chest,” hospital sources said.
“It is not a case of targeted killing, seems more like personal enmity,” a senior police officer told The Express Tribune. The police officer said investigations were underway and they were making efforts to trace the get-away car.
Meanwhile, unidentified men shot dead a lady health worker and a watchman in the eastern Bypass area, an outskirt of the provincial capital.
According to eyewitnesses, armed men on three motorcycles barged into the Family Health Planning office near Bakra Piri (cattle market), and opened fire on lady health worker Fehmida Bibi alias Zahida Bibi and watchman Saeed Ahmed, killing them on the spot.
“The assailants were carrying hand guns and Kalashnikovs and fled the scene after committing the crime,” a police official said, quoting eyewitness accounts. The bodies were taken to Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital for autopsy.
According to sources, a group of extremists opposed to family planning is suspected to have carried out the targeted killing. However, police could not confirm the statement and said investigations were in progress.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2011.