4 members of Shia family killed in Mastung


MASTUNG, Balochistan -- Gunmen ambushed a car and killed four members of one family from the Shia minority in a sectarian attack in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday (July 19), police said.

The men sprayed bullets at the vehicle of the Hazara Shia family travelling to Karachi as they passed through Choto, a town 40km (25 miles) south of Quetta.

"Four people of a family, including a woman, were killed and another man wounded when gunmen fired with automatic weapons on their car as it slowed down on a speed bump," local police station chief Abdul Qudoos told AFP.

"It is a sectarian killing as the family had no enemy," Qudoos said.

District police chief Ghazanfar Ali Shah confirmed the details and said police suspect the attack was pre-planned, with informants in Quetta informing the attackers about the family's movements.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Taliban militants have attacked Shia Hazaras in the past.

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