4 police officers slain in Quetta


QUETTA -- Unidentified gunmen on motorcycles killed four policemen in southwest Pakistan Thursday (July 13), the latest attack to target authorities in restive Balochistan Province.

The incident took place in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, which has been wracked by separatist and Islamist violence for more than a decade.

Senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP that police superintendent Mubarak Shah was on his way to the office along with three police guards when the gunmen opened fire on their vehicle.

"The attackers opened fire from different directions, killing Mubarak Shah and his three police guards," Cheema said, adding that the gunmen fled the scene.

Mohammad Tayyab, a senior Quetta government official, confirmed the slayings.

No group has yet claimed responsibility.

The killing came four days after a bomb killed a high-profile police chief and his guard while wounding 11 others in Chaman, a tense border town in southwestern Balochistan.

Pakistani media reported the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) group had claimed the Chaman attack.

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