Six labourers gunned down during sleep in Balochistan’s Turbat: police

Published October 14, 2023
People gather at a local hospital in Turbat where the injured and the bodies were brought on Saturday morning.  — Photo provided by author
People gather at a local hospital in Turbat where the injured and the bodies were brought on Saturday morning. — Photo provided by author

Unidentified gunmen fatally shot six labourers in Turbat in Balochistan’s Kech district in the early hours of Saturday, police said.

District Police Officer (DPO) Imam Bux told Dawn.com that the incident occurred in the early hours of the day when a group of armed men barged into a residence in Turbat’s Satellite Town area and indiscriminately shot the labourers. Several people were injured.

The victims had been based in the house of a local contractor and were there for construction work when they became the target of the attack, the officer added.

“Upon being alerted, the police arrived at the scene promptly.”

DPO Bux said that a case would be registered at a CTD police station and an investigation was under way to establish the motive behind the incident.

The injured were identified as Rizwan, Shehbaz, Wasim, Shafiq Ahmed, Muhammad Naeem, Ghulam Mustafa and Touheed.

Interim Balochistan Chief Minister Ali Mardan Khan Domki expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of lives and called for an official report from the relevant authorities.

He strongly condemned the incident, emphasising that the targeting of innocent labourers was reprehensible.

He asked the investigators to thoroughly examine the incident from all perspectives and provide a comprehensive report, underscoring the need to utilise all available resources to apprehend those responsible.

Separately, Balochistan Governor Malik Abdul Wali Khan Kakar mourned the lives lost in the attack and called upon law enforcement agencies to be swift in apprehending the individuals responsible for the incident.

The incident serves as a grim reminder of a 2015 tragedy in Turbat when gunmen killed 20 construction workers and injured three others in a pre-dawn attack on a labourers’ camp near Turbat. In a similar manner, the Kuch victims were targeted while they were asleep at their camp.

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