QUETTA - Three members of Hazara community were gunned down and another wounded in two separate targeted killings in Quetta on Saturday.
According to City Police Station SHO Ahmed Shah, four men belonging to Hazara community were on their way in a yellow cab at Meezan Chowk when armed men riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on them.
Resultantly, two people were killed on the spot and two others sustained injures who were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and later moved to Combined Military Hospital for further medical aid. The deceased were identified as Mirza Hussain and Ali Gul.
Police and personnel of Frontier Corps rushed to the site and cordoned off the area.
In another incident, a man was killed in Double Road, a busy area of the city, within the limits of Industrial police precincts.
Police said a man was sitting in a shop when armed men riding a motorbike appeared on the scene and sprayed bullets killing a man, Muhammad Musa, of Hazara community on the spot. The assailants managed to make a good escape after committing the crime.
Police moved the body to hospital for medico-legal formalities and later handed it over to heirs.
Police say that all victims belonged to Hazara community and the both cases seemed to be sectarian target killing.
Banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s spokesman called newspaper offices and claimed responsibility for the murder of Hazara people.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people belonging to Hazara community reached civil hospital and blocked Jinnah Road to protest the killing of Hazara community people.
All shops and markets located at Jinnah Road and Shahra-e-Iqbal were closed after tension gripped the entire area. The protesters burnt old tyres at Mezan Chowk that blocked traffic.
A large number of activists of Hazara Democratic Party took out a rally and staged demonstration at Mezan Chowk against the killing of Hazara people and blamed the provincial government for its alleged failure in providing security to Hazara community.