Five Shia Muslims shot dead in SW Pakistan

    Five members of the Shia Hazara community were killed and another one was severely injured in an attack by armed men in Pakistan’s south western Balochistan Province, police said.

According to the police, armed motorcyclists sprayed bullets at their vehicle and fled the scene unhurt.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack so far.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawaz Sanaullah Zehri condemned the incident and ordered an inquiry into the incident.

This is not the first time that Hazara community has been targeted by terrorists in Balochistan and in the last few years hundreds have been killed in suicide bomb attacks, planted bomb blasts or target killings.

Hazara community is easily identifiable because of their distinctive physical appearance.

While sectarian terrorism in Balochistan has disproportionately targeted the Hazara community, other Shia Muslims, especially pilgrims travelling to and from Iran, have not been spared either.

 

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