Karachi: Unidentified gunmen Monday opened fire on a vehicle, killing at least five members of Shia Hazara family, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, the latest bout of sectarian violence in the restive region.
The militants attacked the vehicle on Kasi road in Quetta, capital of the Balochistan province.
It was a targeted killing incident against the Hazaras who are frequently attacked in the area by Taliban-linked militants, police said.
“Five persons were killed and one was injured,” they said.
The attackers were on motorbikes and fled after the incident, police said, adding that further investigations are underway.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Balochistan has witnessed violence against Hazaras for more than a decade and half of them by militants who consider the members of the community as heretics.
The Hazaras are part of the Shia community who live in Balochistan and Afghanistan. PTI