Shia geologist killed in Quetta sectarian attack
27 September, 2012
QUETTA: Unidentified armed assailants gunned down three people, including Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) Deputy Director Muhammad Mohsin Kazim, in two separate incidents of firing in the provincial capital on Wednesday.
According to DIG (Investigation) Hamid Shakeel, Kazim was on his way when armed men opened fire on his car near his office on Sariab Road. As a result, he sustained critical wounds and succumbed to his injuries before he could reach hospital.
Police, quoting witnesses, said the assailants were riding a motorcycle and fled the scene after committing the crime.
"This murder appears to be a case of targeted killing," a police official said, adding that probe into the killing was underway to unearth the motive behind the murder.
Following the incident, a large number of GSP employees staged a protest demonstration in front of their office against Kazim's murder, demanding immediate arrest of the assailants. They also declared a three-day mourning and a strike at their office. In another incident, two people were killed in the Sariab Road area.
Police said that Abdul Karim and Saleh Muhammad were sitting in a shop near Burma Hotel when armed men opened fire on them.
As a result, they received multiple wounds and died while being taken to hospital. The murderers managed to flee the crime scene. Police said the motive behind the killing could not be immediately ascertained.