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One killed in attack on Shia Hazaras in Pakistan

A man was shot dead while another one was injured in a targeted attack on the minority Shia Hazara community in the capital of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Sunday.

Police said unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in Quetta’s Kandahari Bazaar area killing Nazar Hussain on the spot while his driver was injured.

The driver was rushed to nearby Civil Hospital Quetta.

“It appears to be a targeted killing but so far no one has claimed responsibility as yet,” a police official said.

Police and security personnel reached the site as an investigation into the incident is underway.

The Shia Hazaras have been targeted frequently in the past in the province by outlawed militant groups with suicide bombings being carried out in Hazara town in Quetta.

Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Rights last month released a report which said 509 Hazaras were killed and 627 injured in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta during the last five years.


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