At least seven Shia Muslims from Pakistan’s Hazara community have been gunned down in the volatile city of Quetta in the country's southwestern Balochistan province, Press TV reports. The victims were targeted in separate incidents by unknown gunmen on Saturday.
Gunmen ridding on motorcycles opened fire in Hazarganji area of Quetta, killing five people and injuring two others, officials told Press TV.In the wake of the first attack, gunmen opened fire again in the same area and killed two more Shias. Security forces cordoned off the area and the injured people were shifted to a local hospital. The assailants of both incidents fled the scene immediately after the attacks. The Saturday attacks came hot on the heels of the killing of senior Shia judge, Zulfiqar Naqvi along with his driver and bodyguard in Quetta on Thursday. On Monday, militants also killed three Shia Muslims and wounded two others in Balochistan. The victims belonged to a local Hazara tribe. Pro-Taliban militants have killed hundreds of Shia Muslims in various parts of Pakistan over the past few months. The country’s Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed. MS/AO/MA