Four killed in militant attack in Quetta: Pakistan officials

A policeman and three paramilitary soldiers were killed when gunmen opened fire in latest outbreak of violence in restive Balochistan province


A file photo of bodies of victims at a mortuary in Karachi earlier this month, following a bombing at a Sufi shrine. At least 52 people died and more than 100 others were injured in the bomb blast. Photo: AFP
A file photo of bodies of victims at a mortuary in Karachi earlier this month, following a bombing at a Sufi shrine. At least 52 people died and more than 100 others were injured in the bomb blast. Photo: AFP

Quetta: Three paramilitary soldiers and a policeman were killed when gunmen opened fire in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Saturday, officials said, in the latest outbreak of violence in restive Baluchistan province.

“Three paramilitary soldiers and one policeman have been killed while a passerby has been injured in an attack on the paramilitary troops,” local police official Syed Zahid Hussain said.

The incident was also confirmed by a spokesman from the local paramilitary force.

The shooting was claimed by the Al-Alami faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) group, according to a statement released by a spokesman.

Last month, the outfit said it worked with the Islamic State group to execute a massive night raid on a police college that killed 61 people, the deadliest assault on a security installation in Pakistan’s history.

Mineral-rich Balochistan province, of which Quetta is capital, has been plagued for decades by a separatist insurgency and sectarian killings.

In August, a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar wing of the Pakistani Taliban killed 73 people, including many of the city’s lawyer community who had gone there to mourn the fatal shooting of a colleague.

In August, a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar wing of the Pakistani Taliban killed 73 people, including many of the city’s lawyer community who had gone there to mourn the fatal shooting of a colleague.

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