Saturday, April 14, 2012

9 killed in three separate firing incidents in Quetta, SW Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, April 14 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people were killed and eight others injured in three separate firing incidents that took place in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Saturday, reported local media.

Earlier reports said 10 were killed and seven injured.

According to the local media reports, the first firing incident took place at about 9:20 a.m. local time at the Brewery Road of the city when four people riding two motorbikes opened fire at a car carrying six people inside .

All the six people inside the car and one passerby were killed in the incident and four other passersby were injured, said local media reports, adding that all the six people inside the car were Shiite Muslims.

Police said that four attackers coming in on two motorbikes attacked the car and then fled the scene.

Shortly after this, one person was killed and two others were injured in another firing incident in the Sabzal Road of the city, followed by a third firing incident reported in the Shalkot area of the city, in which one policeman was killed and two others were injured.

Local media quoted police as saying that all the three firing incidents were in the areas close to each other and they believed that the three attacks could have been conducted by the same people.

Hospital sources told local media that all the injured people were Shiite Muslims.

The three firing incidents have sparked a protest by the local Shiite community. Angry Shiite Muslims gathered outside the local hospital and protested over the sectarian attacks on their compatriots. At least one vehicle was torched in the protest.

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