Quetta attack: Gunmen kill 5 workers on lunch break

Four victims were inside the shop whereas the other two victims were passersby, police sources said.

Shezad Baloch June 04, 2012

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen shot dead six people, including a police official, here on Sunday, police officials said.

A group of armed men riding on two motorbikes opened fire on people sitting in a shop in Sarki area of Quetta. According to police, four people, including a father and his son who were sitting inside a welding shop on Essa Khan Road were killed on the spot.

“They entered a welding shop when workers were having their lunch and killed five people,” senior police officer Jahangir Shah said, adding that the dead included four members of the Hazara community and one passer-by.

Before fleeing they also opened fire on a police patrol, killing one policeman and wounding a police official, Shah said.

A heavy contingent of police and Frontier Corps (FC) reached the crime scene and cordoned off the area while the deceased and injured were taken to the Sandeman Provincial Hospital, Quetta where one of the policemen succumbed to his injures upon arrival at hospital.

According to sources, two of the assailants were also injured in retaliatory firing by the police but they escaped from the scene of the crime.

“Four of the victims belonged to the Shia community and it could be a case of sectarian target killing,” a senior police official said.

The deceased were identified as Haji Abdul Nabi and his son Mohammad Hassan, Mohammad Tariq and Abdul Manan.

The passerby was identified as Naqeebullah and the police constable as Hayatullah.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. A case has been registered against the unidentified persons and an investigation is under way. Sunday’s attack came as Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani flew to Quetta to discuss the law and order situation in the province, officials said.

(With additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2012.


Ameer Hamza | 9 years ago | Reply

I am sure this is being orchestrated by USA / Indian agencies but offcourse the doers are all Pakistanis. Apparently, even in this small city the killers are never caught. Considering that the entire city of Quetta has thousands of FC men stationed it is really hard to imagine anyone carrying weapons on a motorbike. This surely is a case of someone being part of it all. If the killings of Hazara minority does not stop, I fear a full scale civil war in the city. That's exactly what the foreign agencies want across Pakistan, specially across Balochistan.

Critics | 9 years ago | Reply Whenever a Sunni leader is killed by LEJ the same LEJ comes and pretend revange attack on innocent Hazaras! Till what time this game will be carried out The JUI-F's son killed by the game makers and it was obvious that Hazaras will be targetted soon in a week's time. Was the killer of JUI-F 's son an Hazara? No. This is a bad game and the results are dangerous. Forget about Hazaras of Quetta, Hazaras are a tiny population. Think about Durand line and Balochistan issue. Very complex. Thanks to out siders, Iran, Saudi Arabia and great leader Zia ul haq! And his grand sons the Lej. Today if Lej declare Hazaras kafir, tomorrow they will declare rest of the world the Kafirs. But Lej must keep in mind that not every one is helpless like tiny and cornered Hazara community of Pakistan. My request to Pakistani leaders is to forget about old days. Hate has grown out of control now. Hazaras blood will bring a big change. Do good while still governing. Thanks.
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