Pakistan: Three Hazaras among five gunned down in Quetta

Quetta – Oct 9, 2017: Three Hazaras among five killed during an attack by unidentified terrorists on Hazara vegetable sellers heading to the market for their daily supplies in Quetta – the provincial capital of restive Balochistan province in Pakistan 

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Two attackers riding a motorcycle opened fire on a van bound for a nearby vegetable market, killing the driver and four others early on Monday morning – Quetta police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema.

Since 2002, at least 2,679 Shia Muslims, who make up about 15 percent of the 207 million population of Pakistan, have been killed in a sustained campaign of targeted attacks and bombings, according to the independent South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP).

While the frequency of attacks has reduced in recent years, the community remains in the crosshairs of many armed groups, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and, most recently, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

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