Gunmen kill seven Shia pilgrims in Quetta

Published: July 29, 2011
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A Pakistani policeman checks the site of an attack at a bus stand in Quetta on July 29, 2011 after unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus stand in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing seven Shiite pilgrims. PHOTO: AFP

A Pakistani policeman checks the site of an attack at a bus stand in Quetta on July 29, 2011 after unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus stand in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing seven Shiite pilgrims. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus stand in southwestern Pakistan in Quetta on Friday, killing seven Shia pilgrims and injuring 12, waiting to travel to neighbouring Iran at the office of a transportation company, police said.

A group of pilgrims were waiting to travel to the border town of Taftan when the assailants arrived at the office on Saryab Road and opened fire, Express 24/7 correspondent Muhammad Kazim reported.

The dead include two Uzbeks and one Iranian national, senior police official Hamid Shakeel told Reuters.

The transport company runs buses from Quetta to Taftan, a city that borders Iran, he said.

The injured have been injured to Bolan Medical Complex. Two of the injured are reported to be in serious condition.

Officials said the attack could be an incident of sectarian violence.

“The attackers came on motorcycle and opened fire on the pilgrims. All seven Shia pilgrims were killed on the spot,” Farid Breach, a senior police officer, told AFP.

“It was a sectarian attack. The Shia pilgrims were the target.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident, which was confirmed by local intelligence officials.

A heavy contingent of police has been deployed in the area to control the law and order situation.

The attack was the latest violence in the province of Baluchistan, which is beset by deadly sectarian conflict, a separatist insurgency and Taliban militant activity.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Aamir
    Jul 29, 2011 - 5:52PM

    We are loosing Balochistan fast..Where is government writ???

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  • My Name is Khan
    Jul 29, 2011 - 8:51PM

    And yet we Pakistanis continue to think our country was created as a safe haven for Muslims. Where is the safety? Why are Muslims killed every day in Pakistan for being Shia, Sufi, Deoband, etc.?

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  • yayaali
    Jul 29, 2011 - 8:54PM

    shias need to take help from iran and all countries who will want to protect us or else someday we’ll all be slaves of terrorism shias unite with other groups who have been targetted for just being not sunni.

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  • adam
    Jul 29, 2011 - 11:27PM

    @all who commented and later comment, I have seen this happening in Pak against minorities, but for sure, it is not backed by any government, rather someone, who used attack against minorities as tool to destabilize pakistan. Besides, the education given in madarassas in Pak is not islamic rather it is just basic education which does nothing more than adding ignorant mullahs who have no clue what is Islam rather they are vulnerable to fall in the hands of those who want to use them against Pak

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  • First drink, don't think
    Jul 29, 2011 - 11:58PM

    @yayaali:
    bad idea brother: taking help from iran will mean, that iran taking a stand against Pakistan and Pakistan is only one of the few countries which are currently favoring iran and having Pakistan at the other side of the table will be a real mess for Iran! So eat your words back!Recommend

  • Hamza Khan
    Jul 30, 2011 - 12:16AM

    Bloody butchers. This country was supposed to be a safe haven for Muslims.I bet India is far better than us right now..Muslims there are protected.

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