7.30 Pakistan Quetta Firing Incident with 13 Killed

At least 13 people were killed and five others were injured in a sectarian-motivated attack in Pakistan’s southwest city of Quetta on the morning of July 30, said hospital sources.

According to the local media reports and sources of Xinhua in Quetta, the firing incident took place at about 08:00 a.m. local time when two unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fired at a passenger pick-up carrying Shia muslims near a bus stop on the Spini road in a densely populated area of the city.

The gunmen escaped after the firing. Police have arrived the area and cordoned it off for search operation, said local reports, adding that all the injured people have been shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex in the city.

No group has taken credit for the attack yet.

Saturday morning’s incident is the second of its kind in the city over the last 12 hours. On Friday night, seven people including a nephew of the Chief Minister of Balochistan Province were killed in a sectarian attack in Quetta, capital of the province.

The banned extremist group “Lashkar-e-Jhangvi” had claimed responsibility for the attack on July 29 on the Shia devotees.

A spokesman of the group Ali Sher Haidri said that it was the revenge of the murder of a Sunni scholar Maulvi Karim who was killed in Quetta in firing on July 28.

Quetta, a capital city of the insurgency-hit Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan to its west, has seen a series of bomb blasts, sectarian and target killings in recent weeks.

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