Four policemen gunned down in Quetta
25 June, 2012
QUETTA: At least four policemen were gunned down in Bakra Mandi area of Eastern Bypass, on outskirts of Balochistan's capital city on Sunday.
According to police sources, four police officials were patrolling the area when unidentified armed men, riding a motorcycle, opened fire on them. Resultantly, three police personnel died on the spot while the other was injured.
The deceased and the injured cop were moved to the Combined Military Hospital where the latter also succumbed to injuries. Law enforcement agencies, including Frontier Corps and police, rushed to the crime scene and cordoned off the area. Quetta CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood and the DIG (investigation) also reached the spot.
Sariab SP Sikandar Tareen confirmed that four police constables had been shot dead by unidentified men. They were identified as Abdullah Mengal, Shahjehan, Abdullah Pirkani and Mumtaz Sarpara. No group had claimed responsibility of the attack until the report was filed. The shooting comes a day after gunmen on motorcycles shot dead eight Sindhis at a laundry in Sariab Mill on Saturday. The deceased included Gul Muhammad, a police constable, Noorullah, Muhammad Umair, Sher Ahmed, Muhammad Ishaq Soomoro and Abdul Hameed. Owner of the laundry, Shehzad, was also critically injured.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, but Balochistan suffers from militancy, sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias and a separatist insurgency which also targets non-natives. Baloch rebels rose up in the province in 2004, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from oil, gas and mineral resources in the region.