8 die in sectarian attack and clashes in Quetta
QUETTA: At least eight people, a woman and a policeman among them, were killed and 13 others injured in what appeared to be a sectarian attack on a group of Hazara people and in ensuing clashes between police and protesters here on Thursday. And two officials of a UN organisation were killed in an attack near Mastung.
According to police, the Hazara people were coming to the city from Hazara Town when four men on motorcycles opened fire on their van on Spiny Road. “Five people in the van were killed,” DIG (Operation) Qazi Abdul Wahid said, adding that seven people were injured. The assailants escaped after the attack.
Law–enforcement personnel who rushed to the place took the injured to the Bolan Medical College and Civil Hospital. The injured were later shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH). Most of them had suffered multiple bullet wounds. “It appears to be a sectarian attack,” another police officer said after initial investigation.
Those killed in the attack were identified as Zafar, Alam Khan, Ghulam Sakhi, Hafizullah and Bakhat Jamal. Hundreds of people belonging to the Hazara tribe gathered on roads to protest against the attack. They blocked the Brewery Road by erecting barricades and burning tyres.
Several vehicles were torched. The mob set a girls college on fire and attacked a number of government buildings. Some people fired at police when they were trying to disperse the mob. Constable Khadim Hussain was injured and he later died in hospital. Two people, Mubarak Shah and Nazir Hussain, were killed and six others injured when police fired back.
Heavy contingents of police and Frontier Corps were deployed at various places in and around the city after the incidents.