Quetta sectarian shootings kill 8

Staff Report

2012-04-14

QUETTA – Attackers April 14 shot to death eight people and injured five others in three separate incidents throughout Quetta, media reported.

The dead included a police officer.

Police said seven of the dead were Hazara and the killings were part of ongoing sectarian violence, Dawn reported.

Police said two armed men riding a motorbike opened fire on a taxi cab on Brewery Road, killing six instantly, Express News reported. The assailants escaped, media added.

Minutes later, a Hazara man was shot dead on Sabzal Road, media reported.

Separately, a police constable was shot dead in the Shal Kot area, in the city’s suburbs, media added.

The killings led to protests in several areas, including Prince Road, Brewery Road, Hazara Town and Jinnah Road where angry mobs torched a vehicle outside Bolan Medical Complex and fired shots into the air, media reported.

Paramilitary Frontier Constabulary were deployed in the city to maintain public safety, Dawn reported.

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