Quetta violence claims at least four lives


At least four people, including a police officer and a 14-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Quetta.

In the first incident, police said armed militants shot dead a police officer and critically injured his son in the Sariab road area.

Police official Imran Qureshi said two militants on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at the vehicle of Assistant Sub-Inspector Kudratullah. He said the son of the ASI suffered serious wounds as a result of the attack. “This was an apparent act of targeted killing,” Qureshi said.

The militants sped away on their motorcycle after the attack. However, the police were quick to reach the site of attack and shift the injured son of the ASI to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment. Qureshi said the police officer was en route from his residence to the market when he was targeted by militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Quetta and other parts of Balochistan have seen a sharp rise in incidents of bombings and targeted killings. The incident comes three days after militants killed two people in the same area.

In another incident of targeted killing, armed men gunned down an Afghan national in the Satellite Town area.

Police said two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at an Afghan national and killed him on the spot.

“The assailants had not covered their faces,” a police officer, who requested anonymity, told reporters. He added that “it was an act of targeted killing.”

In a seemingly unrelated incident, two people were killed in a firing incident in the city’s Kasi road area, police said.

A police official said that armed men opened fire at a house in Kasi road area and killed the two people including a 14-year old girl. “This was an act of tribal dispute,” said the police official.

The bodies were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for post-mortem.