Two more killed as Balochistan violence continues
03 September, 2012
QUETTA: Two men were killed while another was injured in separate incidents of violence across Balochistan on Sunday.
In the first incident, unidentified armed men gunned down a man at Sariab area. Police said that the victim was on his way home when armed assailants opened fire on him at the Killi Sardar Bangulzai Road and fled from the scene.
The victim received multiple bullets wounds and died on the spot. His body was handed over to the heirs after legal formalities. The reason behind the killing could not be ascertained. Police have registered a case and started investigation.
In another incident, a shopkeeper was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Khuzdar district. According to the police, the victim, identified as Ali Muhammad, was in his shop when armed assailants came in and opened fire at him, killing him on the spot.
The body was handed over to the heirs, however the reason behind the killing could not be determined. Police have registered a case.
Separately, a water tanker driver was injured in a firing incident at Kirani Road, Quetta. Police said that the victim, Syed Hussain Abbas, was on his way home when two gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on him, leaving him injured. The assailants fled from the scene.
He was shifted to the Civil Hospital for medical aid. Police are investigating the incident.
Strike in Quetta against Shia killings
A shutter-down strike was observed in parts of the provincial capital on Sunday on the call of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) against the killing of seven people from Hazara community in Hazarganji, an outskirt of Quetta.
The call for strike was supported by Tahafuz-e-Azadari Council, Tehreek Nifaz-i-Jaffaria, Balochistan Shia Conference, trade unions and major political parties.
At least seven people from the Hazara community were gunned down in two separate sectarian targeted killing incidents in Hazarganji on Saturday morning.
Abu Bakar, a spokesman for Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, had claimed responsibility for the attacks.
All the main markets in Quetta, including Liaquat Bazar, Alamdar Road, McCongi Road, Brewery Road, Jinnah Road, Smungli Road, Kasi Road, Prince Road, Spine Road, wore a deserted look during the day.