Two Hazaras shot dead in Quetta; three held

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QUETTA: Two people belonging to the Hazara community were gunned down in the Brewery road area on Saturday and soon afterwards law-enforcement officials said they had detained three suspects allegedly involved in the attack.

According to sources, Hussian Ali and Boban Ali were coming to the city from Hazara Town by a motorcycle when a man opened fire on them in the Brewery road area. Boban Ali died. Hussain Ali, who also suffered bullet wounds, was taken to the CMH Quetta but he could not survive.

The assailant, who was on foot, fled the scene after the attack.

DIG (operations) Qazi Wahid told Dawn that two people involved in the attack had been arrested.

A Frontier Corps spokesman said that soon after the incident FC personnel chased two armed men fleeing on the motorbike that belonged to the slain Hazaras.

The FC and police personnel cordoned off the area. The two suspects then abandoned the motorbike and disappeared into the nearby lanes. The personnel continued their search and captured the suspects with weapons.

The FC spokesman said an eyewitness told them that the two were involved in the attack. They were identified as Mian Khan and Shamsuddin.

The spokesman said their accomplice, whom he did not identify, was arrested from the same area.

He said the suspects were handed over to the police for further investigation.

Meanwhile, a group of people held a sit-in and blocked roads in Hazara Town in protest against the killing. Raising slogans against the government, they said the government had miserably failed to protect the lives of citizens and should step down.

The bodies were handed over to families.

BODIES FOUND: Two bullet-riddled bodies were found in an area of Qila Abdullah district on Saturday.

Levies Force personnel were informed by callers that two bodies were lying in Gulistan area. They Levies men shifted the bodies to the Quetta civil hospital for identification.

Sources said that bodies carried bullet marks on the chest and head.


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