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Four security personnel shot dead by suspected militants in Quetta

Updated November 19, 2016

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Policemen inspect the scene of a shooting in Quetta. —AFP
Policemen inspect the scene of a shooting in Quetta. —AFP

At least four security personnel were shot dead by suspected militants on Fatima Jinnah road area of Quetta on Saturday evening, said police officials.

"Armed men opened fire at Frontier Corps and police personnel on Quetta's Fatima Jinnah Road. One FC soldier and a police constable died on the spot, while two other FC personnel succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital," said a police official.

"Two passersby also sustained bullet wounds as result of the attack and were rushed to nearby civil hospital Quetta for medical treatment," the official added.

A senior police official told DawnNews that the incident seemed to be an act of targeted killing. Senior police and FC officers reached the spot as investigation into the incident went underway.

Police said the assailants escaped unhurt from the spot.

Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region. The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

The largest province of the country by area, is home to a insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists.