Daily Star / AFP
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Five Shias killed in Pakistan sectarian attack
At least five Shia Muslims were shot dead yesterday in an apparent sectarian attack near Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, police said.
Two gunmen riding on a motorbike opened fire at the victims, who were travelling in a private car on the eastern by-pass outside Quetta, capital of oil- and gas-rich Baluchistan province which borders Iran and Afghanistan.
"All the five men, who were members of the Shia Muslim community, died on the spot," local police official Abdul Khalid told AFP.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the killings.
The attack came a week after four Shia Muslims were killed while getting into a car in Quetta, which has a history of sectarian attacks involving Sunni and Shia Muslim extremists.