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6 Shias killed in sectarian attack in Balochistan

Islamabad: Unidentified gunmen on Monday shot and killed six members of the minority Shia Hazara community in a sectarian attack at Quetta city in southwest Pakistan, police said.

Gunmen on two motorcycles fired indiscriminately at a group of Hazara men who were standing outside a shop at Prince Road in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, shortly after 7.30 pm.

Four men were killed instantly while two more succumbed to their injuries in hospital, police said. The attackers fled before police cordoned off the area.

The shooting caused panic and shops closed down after the attack. Angry members of the Hazara community gathered outside the hospital where the bodies were taken and demanded the arrest of the gunmen.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Dozens of members of the Hazara community have been killed in sectarian attacks in Quetta and nearby areas.

These attacks have been blamed by Shia groups on the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba.

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