5 Shia Muslims killed in Southwestern Pakistan

People mourn next to the body of their relative killed in a firing incident, at a local hospital in Quetta, Pakistan Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Suspected Sunni extremists opened fire on Shiite Muslims traveling through southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Gunmen killed five Shia Muslims from the ethnic Hazara minority in southwest Pakistan on Monday October 9th, the second terror attack targeting members of the Hazara community in less than a week.

Local police head Hidayat Ullah says two other passers-by were also wounded in Monday’s attack in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

The attackers opened fire from a motorcycle killing the five men who were travelling in the back of a pick-up truck, on their way to sell vegetables at a market, the official said.

The violence against Shia Muslims has claimed thousands of lives in Pakistan over the past decade.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere, an official said at least three soldiers were shot dead by gunmen, who attacked their vehicle in the tribal region of North Waziristan. Eight soldiers were also wounded in the incident.


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