Two killed as pilgrims' bus attacked in Quetta

Published April 27, 2015
The armed men managed to escape from the site where similar attacks have been carried out against pilgrims in the past as well.— DawnNews screengrab
The armed men managed to escape from the site where similar attacks have been carried out against pilgrims in the past as well.— DawnNews screengrab

QUETTA: At least two Hazara men were killed and another wounded after unknown assailants opened fire on a bus carrying pilgrims near the Chandni Chowk area in Quetta's Satelite Town on Monday.

The bus, carrying pilgrims belonging to the Shia Hazara community, was travelling from Quetta to Taftan, a town on the border of Iran.

A large number of security and rescue personnel reached the spot, which is situated in the outskirts of the provincial capital city of Balochistan province.

Rescue workers shifted the victims to the Civil Hospital Quetta for treatment.

The armed men managed to escape from the site where similar attacks have been carried out against pilgrims in the past as well.

PM seeks report

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the incident and extended condolences to the bereaved families. He directed authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured.

The premier also sought a report into the attack and instructed for the immediate arrest of the culprits. He reiterated government's resolve in eradicating the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country.

Balochistan has been under the grip of violence for more than a decade.

Scores of people have lost their lives in attacks related to Baloch separatists and recent sectarian suicide bombings and targeted killings.

Additional reporting by Irfan Haider

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