Gunmen kill two Shia Muslims in Quetta

By AFP
Published: July 22, 2013
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Pakistani Shia Muslims carry the coffins of relatives during a mass burial ceremony  in Quetta on February 20, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistani Shia Muslims carry the coffins of relatives during a mass burial ceremony in Quetta on February 20, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: Gunmen killed two people from Pakistan’s Shia community on Monday when they opened fire on a taxi in Quetta, which has been gripped by a wave of sectarian bloodshed, police said.

The attack took place at the busy Iqbal avenue in the southwestern city, the capital of Balochistan where the surge in sectarian unrest has killed scores of Shias.

“The driver and a passenger boarding the taxi, both were Shias. They died after unknown gunmen fired at their car,” said Fayyaz Sumbal, a senior police official in Quetta.

He said that the two attackers were waiting for the taxi to arrive at the busy avenue and escaped on a motorbike after spraying bullets at the vehicle.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a militant group officially banned by the government in 2002, usually claims responsibility for attacks on Shia Muslims.

Elsewhere in Balochistan, two people were killed and three wounded in a bomb attack on a mosque close to customs offices at the Chaman border crossing to Afghanistan.

A local senior official Ibrahim Baloch gave the death toll for the Chaman bombing and said that a second bomb had been found in the area.

“We suspect that one of the dead had been trying to plant the bomb, but we can’t confirm this suspicion at the moment,” he said.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Aysha M
    Jul 22, 2013 - 5:31PM

    My heart goes out to our shia brethren

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  • AR
    Jul 22, 2013 - 5:45PM

    I wonder if we have any security agency in our country? It seems terrorrists have a free ride.

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  • Abulahmed
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:06PM

    This will continue to happen until we denounce the concept of jihad which is responsible for these killings , everything cannot be blamed on hinjew alliance .Recommend

  • Lahori
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:10PM

    I hope that the land of the pure witnesses a time when people are only concerned about others in times of need; else, they just focus on their OWN lives and find happiness WITHIN.

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  • ahmad
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Only two & not ten. It means FC has improved its performance. IG FC should be given a bonus.

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  • Syed
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:41PM

    It’s been happening for the past 1400 years. Its just that now its being highlighted due to the media.

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  • Naveed
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:48PM

    The government should act immediately to arrest the culprits.

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  • Punjabi from other side
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Govt. should launch nationwide protests against killing of 4 kashmiris.

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  • jibran
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Ch. Nisar, Where is the much trumpeted national security policy? Oh you are waiting for the APC while the blood of innocent shias continues to spill. Or you don’t value their lives, as according to the statements of your party, there was no terrorism in pakistan before 2001 not considering the bloodshed of the 1990s. You along with the self righteous, born again Muslim, Mr. Iftikhar ch, are equally to be blamed for this genocide. There isn’t a slightest of effort on your part to show your regret towards what’s happening. Shame on both of you, along with the elements of state within the state.

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  • Mj
    Jul 22, 2013 - 6:53PM

    @Abulahmed:

    And along with it the concept of declaring ‘takfir’. Only then peace will prevail in Muslim lands.

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  • Jul 22, 2013 - 6:56PM

    This will only increase as PML-N has Ethnic terrorists amongst its political allies.Recommend

  • RAW is WAR
    Jul 22, 2013 - 7:08PM

    so can we discuss that mosque where shia and sunnis pray together?

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  • Sindhi Pakistani
    Jul 22, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @Aysha M: Our heart and soul have been bleeding since long but how much can we sustain? But what can we even do?

    The continuous attacks on Shias all over the country is just terrifying. I hope our province can stop the radicalization process which has effected the rest of the country.

    I hope that common sense prevails so that PPP and MQM can sit together with nationalist parties and make sure that Sindh stays secular, regardless of who is in govt. After all, our future is in this land.

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  • Xnain
    Jul 22, 2013 - 8:46PM

    @Aysha M:
    For the first time I agree with you. A condemn able and horrific act. Inna Lillah he Wa Inna Elihe Rajeeon.

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  • ali
    Jul 22, 2013 - 9:30PM

    i wish for a day when sunni muslims are respected the same way and their loss is also identified and mourned

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  • Habib
    Jul 22, 2013 - 9:38PM

    I don’t think killing Hazaras are the way to heavens. stop killing “Hazara”

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  • concerned
    Jul 22, 2013 - 10:17PM

    May ALLAH unite all of us Muslims. Ameen

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  • Hassan
    Jul 22, 2013 - 10:31PM

    Hazara Shia targeted again, When will Pak govt start taking steps to stop the perpetrators ? They know who they are. Peace to the deceased and their familys.

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  • Blunt
    Jul 23, 2013 - 9:38AM

    RIP the departed souls. But why ET only publishes the sect of killed ones who only belong to Shia Community. I bet other communities too deserve the coverage.

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  • Viv
    Jul 23, 2013 - 9:58AM

    Its best if the Shias flee to safer places like India, China or even Afghanistan before they are completely annihilated..No hope for them in Pakistan.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jul 25, 2013 - 5:34PM

    ” I hope that common sense wil prevails so that PPP and MQMcan sit together with nationalist parties and makesure that Sindh stays secular,regardless of who is in govt. After all, our future is in this land.”………

    Only a secular Pakistan can survive in the future secular world order .

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