QUETTA: Three members of the Hazara community and a police personnel were shot dead and two others injured near Joint Road in Quetta on Monday morning.
“The two brothers, in their twenties, were killed in the shooting while their parents were wounded and a policeman who was passing by the site was also killed after he shot and wounded one attacker,” AFP quoted senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema as saying.
He added that two gunmen were involved in the shooting but they had others assist to them in escaping the scene.
Frontier Corps and police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital, Quetta.
Police also found empty shells of 9MM bullets from the site of the incident, Express News reported.
Provincial Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani confirmed the shooting and the casualties.
Members of Hazara community protested by placing the bodies of victims, wrapped in shrouds, outside the regional police chief’s office, witnesses said.
On June 7, atleast five people belonging to the Hazara community were gunned down on Quetta’s Circular Road near Meezan Chowk. Unidentified armed men on two motorcycles had opened indiscriminate fire on the victims outside a tea shop.
The community has faced frequent attacks, resulting in a massive number of casualties in recent years.
NGO programme manager killed
The spree of killing in the Quetta has continued with unknown armed men gunning down the programme manager of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) on Monday.
Reports suggested 45-year-old Abdul Rouf son of Haji Muhammad Sharif was manager of NGO ‘Sehar’ and was fired upon in the Jinnah town of Quetta.
His body was found near the town’s Night Star Complex and was brought to Civil Hospital where it was revealed that he was killed with a knife. Sharif belonged to the Jamaldini caste in Nushki.