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Target killing claims 8 lives in Baluchistan.

Quetta, March 30, 2012 (Frontier Star): In a fresh spurt of target killings, at least 8 people were shot dead in separate incidents in Baluchistan on Thursday. Six people including a woman were killed as unidentified attackers on motorbike opened indiscriminate fire on Spini Road in Quetta. Five people were also injured in the incident. The injured were shifted the hospitals, some in critical condition. Shiite groups said all those killed belonged to Shia community and termed the incident as a target killing. Police said the slain people were heading to work, when gunmen opened fire on their van at Spini road. Doctors said that a woman was among those killed in the incident. The gunmen fled after the incident. No group claimed responsibility. Police suspect involvement of rival extremist groups. Angry people took to the streets and staged a demonstration on the busy Barori road, suspending traffic on the road. They were chanting slogans against the government and the police for failure to check target attacks. Two Shiite groups announced a three-day mourning to condemn the attack. The 'Tahaffuz Azadari Council and Hazara Democratic Party also warned of protest if the killers were not arrested. They also called for shutter-down strike in Quetta on Friday. In another incident, gunmen attacked a vehicle of a local NGO in Mastung district of Baluchistan and killed its two staffers, police said. Motives behind the attack were unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Baluchistan has seen wave of sectarian and targeted killings in recent months.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Mar 30, 2012
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