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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Gunmen In Pakistan Kill Four Shi’a From Hazara Family

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Police in Pakistan say gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a Shi’ite family in southwestern province of Balochistan overnight — killing four people, including a child.

Police spokesman Tanvir Shah said on September 11 that the attack on an ethnic Hazara family took place near the town of Kuchlak to the north of the provincial capital, Quetta.

Police spokesman Mohammad Khan said eight members of the Hazara family were travelling to Quetta from Afghanistan and had stopped for fuel when their vehicle was attacked.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately clear.

Police spokesman Mohammad Khan said two other people were wounded in the apparent sectarian attack.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility. But Islamic State (IS) militants and their local affiliates have targeted Shi’a in Balochistan in recent years.

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