Friday, January 29, 2010

Three Shiites killed near Quetta en route to Iran

Sunni militants shot and killed three Shiites en route to Iran near Quetta. The sectarianly motivated attack is likely to have been perpetrated by Iranian Sunni extremist group, Jundallah (which is hitherto not listed as a terrorist group by the US), in collaboration with Pakistani based Pushtun militants.



AFP reported the following:

Four people riding two motorbikes sprayed bullets on the pilgrims when their bus stopped near a restaurant on the outskirts of Quetta, the main city in the insurgency-hit province of Baluchistan, local police chief Asif Sheikh said.

“Three people including a woman were killed and six others wounded,” he told AFP. The assailants managed to escape.

The pilgrims from the minority Shia community had left the southern port city of Karachi and were heading through Baluchistan to Iran to visit holy sites, senior police officer Zaman Tareen said. “It was a sectarian attack. The victims were Shia Muslims,” he added.

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