A Shia Muslim shopkeeper is gunned down in Pakistan’s Quetta

SHAFAQNA – A shopkeeper belonging to the Shia Hazara community was martyred in a terrorist attack in Quetta on Wednesday, police said.

Takfiri terrorists have been claiming responsibility for Shia genocide and targeted murders of other communities in Pakistan.

Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdur Razzaq Cheema said gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire at an auto parts shop on Wednesday, killing the shopkeeper Mohammad Asif son of Mohammad Nasir Qandahari on the spot.

He said the shopkeeper was from the Shia Hazara community and that it appeared to have been a targeted killing. His son Abbas was also injured in the attack.

It was the fourth attack in recent months targeting Shia Hazaras. No one has claimed the attacks so far.

Sectarian terrorism in Balochistan has disproportionately targeted people from the Shia Hazara community.

A report by the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) released last month claimed that 509 Shia Hazaras were killed in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta in the last five years.

The incident comes three days after two members of the Christian community were killed and five others injured in a firing incident near a church in the city.

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