Quetta: Gunmen in southwest Pakistan shot dead two Shiite Muslims who had emigrated from neighbouring Afghanistan almost a decade ago to escape violence there, police said today.
Two men opened fire last night on the family, from Afghanistan`s Hazara community, who were at a bus station in Quetta preparing to travel to the southern city of Karachi.
"A man of about 65 years of age and his 18-year-old grandson were killed in the firing at the bus terminal at Sariyab road," Imran Qureshi, a senior police official, told AFP.
Two other men and two women family members managed to run away and take shelter. The gunmen escaped on a motorbike.
Qureshi said the family had migrated from Afghanistan almost a decade ago to escape war in their homeland.
A man describing himself as a member of the banned Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish-ul-Islam called media outlets to claim responsibility for the attack.
Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which is torn both by a separatist insurgency and violence directed against Shiites.
They make up around 20 per cent of Pakistan`s population, which is largely Sunni Muslim.
According to a report by a Human Rights Watch, more than 400 Shiites were killed in targeted attacks across the country in 2013.