Gunmen kill two Shia Hazaras in Quetta

Published: November 7, 2015
Two unknown gunmen sprayed bullets on the van in which Izzatullah and Hussain were travelling, said police official. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Two unknown gunmen sprayed bullets on the van in which Izzatullah and Hussain were travelling, said police official. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen on Saturday killed two members of the country’s Hazara Shia minority Muslims in Balochistan, officials said.

The attack took place as two members of the Hazara community were travelling from the city centre of the provincial Quetta city to their home in the suburban Hazara town.

“Two unknown gunmen sprayed bullets on the van in which Izzatullah and Muhammad Hussain were travelling,” Mukhtar Ahmed, chief of the local police station, told AFP.

“Izzatullah, who was driving the van was killed at the spot while Hussain died on the way to hospital. The gunmen fled from the scene after firing,” Ahmed added.

Another senior police official Abdul Waheed Khattak confirmed the incident and said it mirrored similar shootings earlier this week.

Two more Hazaras gunned down in Quetta

“Two Hazara brothers were fired at on Friday near the same locality of Hazara town and one of them was killed while another is seriously injured. Likewise another member of the community was killed on Wednesday when he arrived at his auto workshop,” Khattak said.

Provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani said authorities were concerned about the spate of attacks that appear to be targeting the Hazaras.

Members of the Hazara community have long been targeted by militants. In early 2013, more than 180 people were killed in two suicide bombings in Quetta in one of the bloodiest attacks on the Shia minority.

Sectarian violence — in particular that carried out by militants against Shias, who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan’s population of 200 million — has claimed thousands of lives in the country over the past decade.

Attacks on Hazara Shias in Quetta leave 4 dead, 9 injured

There was a lull in attacks earlier this year after the Pakistani military launched a major offensive against militants across the country, blocking their sources of movement, communication and funding.

In July the leader of an anti-Shia group behind some of Pakistan’s worst sectarian atrocities was killed in a shoot-out with police, along with 13 other militants.

Balochistan province, of which Quetta is capital, is rife with sectarian and separatist insurgencies. The mineral-rich province has long been targeted by militants, and has been the scene of several attacks against the Hazara Shia community in previous years.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Shiv Sainik
    Nov 7, 2015 - 10:07PM

    Do you ever throw ink? Instead of bombing and shooting people?Recommend

  • Aamir
    Nov 7, 2015 - 10:18PM

    Another sad incident. Where the rest of the security situation across the country has improved, nothing much has been done to protect the Hazaras. My heart goes out for them.Recommend

  • pk
    Nov 7, 2015 - 10:29PM

    Two Muslims were lynched in India by Hindus and entire country shaken up with thousands of Hindus protesting on streets. Today two Shia Muslim in Pakistan killed by fellow Muslim and it will be seen as business as usual. Forget about protest it will not even make in national headline.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 8, 2015 - 12:45AM

    Half hearted implementation of NAP will not work.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Nov 8, 2015 - 2:48AM

    It has to do with mentality. Muslims are OK with violence as long as it is perpetuated by a Muslims as they see violence as their property and religious right. But they will never tolerate violence from a non-Muslims. A Muslim believe in two nation theory and believe that world is divided between Muslims and non-Muslims. How many time Kashmiri Muslims protested for Kashmiri Pandits? How many times Pakistani protested for Pakistani Hindus and Bangladeshi?Recommend

  • ajeet
    Nov 8, 2015 - 3:10AM

    Not even a murmur of protest by Pakistani liberals or trolls, but hundreds were frothing against ink thrown in India.Recommend

  • vivek
    Nov 8, 2015 - 5:11AM

    Poor people no one in Pakistan came out for protests but there are people in Pak to protest against Shiv Sena,PatheticRecommend

  • Bharatiya Oz
    Nov 8, 2015 - 8:01AM

    Where are all the Pakistanis who vociferously commented on ink throwing and some recent incidents (which every Indian condemned and wanted to see culprits in jail irrespective of religion and any political alignment if any) in India…Where are all the minority protectors of Pak who were so concerned about neighbouring India but have become tongue tied with Shias being killed with Bullets in your own land of pure!!! Your silence is deafening guys!!Recommend

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