Eid in Quetta begins with bullets, death

At least 11 people killed, many injured in multiple attacks.

Reuters/afp/web Desk August 09, 2013
Footwear is seen near a pool of blood at the site of gun battle in Quetta August 9, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: At least 11 people were killed and several others injured in multiple attacks in Quetta on Friday, Express News reported.

One person was killed in a firing incident that took place early morning on Sariyab Road.

"Two people were targeted. One of them died. One was injured," said an Express News correspondent.

Gunmen also killed at least 10 people and wounded many others after opening fire outside a mosque on the outskirts of Quetta, police said.

Senior local police official Bashir Ahmad Brohi said a former Pakistan Peoples Party  provincial minister, Ali Madad Jatak, was also in the mosque and could have been the target.

"The majority of the injured faithful were coming from the mosque," said Brohi. "It was an armed attack on the former minister ... it was not an attack on the mosque."

However, Jatak escaped unhurt.

Another local police official, Sultan Ahmad, confirmed the incident and casualties outside the mosque, which is also a preaching and research centre.

"Following the firing, eight suspected militants were arrested and klashinkovs and other weapons were recovered from their possession," said Express News correspondent Shan Hussain.

Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Commissioner Quetta while on his visit to review to security situation of the city today, said the city lacked personnel to secure every location.

Yesterday, a suicide bomber killed 30 people including Deputy Inspector General Operations (DIG) Fayyaz Sumbal and Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Shamsur Rehman at the funeral of a policeman in Quetta -- the third deadly attack on government targets in two weeks.

Most recent attacks in Quetta, the capital of oil- and gas-rich Baluchistan province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, have been linked to a Baloch separatist insurgency or sectarian violence.

The United States has warned citizens not to travel to Pakistan and has ordered the evacuation of non-essential staff from its consulate in the northeastern city of Lahore due to the threat of attack.


Subhan Tariq | 9 years ago | Reply

In this day and age with Pakistan facing so many challenges there is no place for ethnic and religious violence. Advance shame on ruling elites because I know nothing will happen after this tragedy but hollow statements.Deep condolences to the families of those who died serving their country. This is not a concern for Pakistanis no matter how many innocent people are killed, Our concern is Palestinians, Burmese, and Kashmiris, and our biggest concern is Aafia Siddiqui. It’s time to make our intelligence agencies accountable for continuous failures.

stevenson | 9 years ago | Reply

@Shahzad: You have forgotten that the problems in Baluchistan and most of the country right now are due to almost a decade of Musharraf mismanagement. How do you expect anyone to fix all of Musharraf's mistakes in a few short months? Morover, look at any Muslim country from Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt to Afghanistan. They have all had violence before Eid. This is due to instability. This violence needs to stop in all Muslim countries.

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