Quetta: 11 Hazaras, including a woman, have been killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on a Suzuki pickup near the Pishin Bus Stop on Spini Road Quetta on Saturday.
Police has labelled it another sectarian attack of the series of attacks on Hazaras. Bodies of the several injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Hospital near Hazara Town, where enraged protesters burnt two vehicles in a blockade of road near Brewery Police Station.
Hazara Democratic Party strongly condemning the attack has announced a shutter-down strike in Quetta on Sunday.
The Suzuki vehicle was on its route from Hazara Town to Marriabad. The Hazara passenger-vehicles on this route have under several targeted-attacks previously. Recently last month, a hand-grenade was thrown inside a vehicle injuring several. The first attack on a vehicle on this route was in February 2001, when 5 Hazaras were killed. It was later claimed by Lashkar-e-Jangvi.
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Brief of Attacks on Hazaras in Quetta:
Target killing of Hazaras in Quetta started since 2000 when Sardar Nisar Ali Hazara was attacked by “unknown” gunmen. His driver succumbed to severe injuries and died, while Sardar recovered the injuries. In February 2001 five other Hazaras died in another terorrist attack on a passanger van. Later on June 8, 2003 “unidentified” terrorists killed 12 Hazara policemen in Quetta. Just a month after this tragic incident on July 4 2003, 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up in a Hazara mosque killing about 60 people. It didn’t stop here. On March 2, 2004 a group of suicide bombers attacked a Muharram procession killing 80 Hazaras and critically injuring another 150. In 2005, another major suicide attack was foiled when some Hazara policemen, risking their lives, encountered with suicide bombers hiding on the route of the Ashura Procession. the Hazara policement killed all three terrorists.
From 2005 onwards, it has been a weekly routine. In the last couple of years, almost on every average day, there is a Hazara targeted-killing of high-profile personalities, professionals and other times ordinary citizens.
Timeline of Attacks on Hazaras in Quetta Recorded on this Blog from 2007 Onward:
Open this page for the timeline of attacks on Hazaras in Quetta. You can scroll down or click on ‘previous page’ and check all the news updates and analysis since 2007.