Four Hazara women killed as gunmen attack bus in Quetta

Published: October 4, 2016
Passenger bus was returning from the city towards Hazara Town when it came under attack. PHOTO: BANARAS KHAN/EXPRESS

Passenger bus was returning from the city towards Hazara Town when it came under attack. PHOTO: BANARAS KHAN/EXPRESS

QUETTA: At least four women belonging to a Shia Hazara community were killed by unknown assailants in an allegedly sectarian-motivated targeted killing in Quetta’s Kirani Road on Tuesday.

One woman also sustained serious bullet injuries when gunmen fired gunshots on a local passenger bus.

“The women were returning from the city towards their destiny Hazara Town when armed men intercepted the bus and one of them barged inside and started shooting indiscriminately.” Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Razaq Cheema said.

Woman, daughter killed for honour in Quetta

Following the Muharram procession, security measures were already tightened in the capital city of Balochistan and the authorities had already imposed section 144 and ban pillion riding.

Balochistan CM orders inquiry

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri while taking notice of the incident ordered an inquiry. The chief minister, in a statement, condemned the unfortunate incident which “cost loss of valuable human lives”.

No group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • pk
    Oct 4, 2016 - 8:15PM

    United nations should take control as situation is getting out of hand.Recommend

  • Fast
    Oct 4, 2016 - 8:19PM

    If you have guts fight with our army not with innocent women.Recommend

  • anon
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:44PM

    These are least of our concern, we are more concerned about Kashmir…..Recommend

  • Really fed up
    Oct 4, 2016 - 9:52PM

    Badua for these terrorists from the bottom of my heart. They are so brave that they had weapons in their hands in front of empty handed women. Really?Recommend

  • Hindu "kush"
    Oct 4, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Modi’s threat materialisingRecommend

  • bigsaf
    Oct 5, 2016 - 1:42AM

    The program of sectarian cleansing of the ethnic Hazara by the local religious extremists continues. And the Pak state censored a documentary that highlights these Pakistanis’ plight in this matter. Injustice upon injustice and complicity. Recommend

  • Hari Om 2
    Oct 5, 2016 - 7:24AM

    Ironic that Pakistan’s founder Mr. M.A. Jinnah would have risked life and limb for following the practices of his original minority Shia sect of Islam in today’s Pakistan just as the Muslim Shia Hazara women victims of this attack have found out. If Pakistan devoted more time in solving real human right violations in Pakistan occupied territory and less in imagined human right violations of Muslims in India in places such as Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan would be a better placeRecommend

  • NKAli
    Oct 5, 2016 - 9:14AM

    @pk: Why don’t you commiserate with the affected and send flowers.Recommend

  • Ali Vazir
    Oct 5, 2016 - 1:44PM

    Is it really so easy and unchecked to attack public buses in the city, kill unarmed women, civilians and get away with it? The best a CM can do is ‘take notice’?
    How can the IG Police, CM, Governor or that Province, PM and President of the sorry state and the humanity go to sleep?Recommend

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