Militants kill 10 in Pak`s Balochistan province
Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 23:25
  
Islamabad: Ten persons, including six members of the minority Shia community and two UN employees, were killed and several others injured in incidents of violence in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Thursday.

Suspected militants riding a motorcycle opened fire at a van in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, killing six persons, including a woman.

Shia groups said all those killed belonged to the minority Hazara community and described the attack as an incident of target killing.

Five persons were injured in the attack. They were taken to two hospitals in Quetta.

Police said the slain persons were heading to work when the van was attacked at Spini Road. The gunmen fled after the attack and no group claimed responsibility for the incident. Police officials said they suspected the involvement of extremist groups.

Soon after the attack, violent protests erupted at several places in Quetta.

At least two persons, including a policeman, were killed and several others injured in the incidents of firing. Protesters burnt tyres to block roads. They also torched several vehicles and a police post. Police used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse protesters.

In a separate incident, suspected militants attacked a vehicle of the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Mastung town this morning and killed two of its employees.

Another employee of the UN agency sustained serious injuries in the attack, police said.

The motive behind the attack could not immediately be ascertained.

No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

Following the attack on the Shias, Shia groups announced three days of mourning and called for a strike in Quetta tomorrow to condemn the incident.

The Tahafuz Azadari Council, Balochistan Shia Council and Hazara Democratic Party warned of more protests if the killers were not arrested.

Balochistan has been rocked by a wave of sectarian and targeted killings in recent months.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 11:10


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