Quetta: 7 killed, 4 injured in Quetta firing
QUETTA: In a fresh wave of target killings, seven people were killed and four others sustained serious injuries when unknown armed men attacked them on the Saryab Road here on Wednesday.
Police officials said that 10 people were on their way in a pickup from Hazargunji vegetable market to Marriabad after buying vegetables. When their vehicle reached Killi Goharabad, it was attacked by unknown armed men, who were riding a motorcycle.
The armed men attacked the vehicle with modern weapons and fired several rounds. All the 10 people sustained multiple bullet injuries while six of them breathed their last on the spot.
Reports suggested that the assailants had taken positions in Killi Goharabad. They opened fire on the vehicle as it approached them. The firing was so sudden and intense that the victims could not offer resistance.
However, the people of the area were seen running here and there during the firing incident. The assailants fled from the scene, leaving behind the deceased in a pool of blood.
Soon after the incident, the Edhi ambulances reached the spot and shifted the victims to hospital. Police and law enforcement agencies reached the spot and started a probe into the matter. The deceased were identified as Haji Juma, Ishaque Ali, Muhammad Hanif, Ghulam Nabi, Qurban Ali, and Ali Ahmed.
Moving scenes were witnessed when the bodies of the deceased were shifted to hospital and their heirs rushed there after receiving the news. Later, the bodies were handed over to the heirs for burial.
It has been learnt that due to the intense firing, Tahira Bibi, 13, who was at her home in Killi Goharabad, was hit by a stray bullet and succumbed to injuries in the Bolan Medical Complex hospital.
Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, condemning the incident. ordered the police high-ups to immediately arrest the culprits. He expressed deep grief and sorrow over the killings in the Saryab incident.
Police officials said that the SHO Shalkot police station was suspended on the charge of showing negligence in maintaining law and order in his jurisdiction.
On the other hand, office bearers of the Balochistan Shia Conference (BSC) have strongly condemned the killings on the Saryab Road. The president of BSC, Agha Ashraf Zaidi, announced three-day mourning over the incident, demanding immediate arrest of the killers.