At least 11 coal miners – all members of the minority Hazara Shia group – have been kidnapped and reportedly killed in Machh city in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Sunday by unidentified gunmen.
The males have been kidnapped at gunpoint after which taken to a secluded space in the close by hills the place they have been attacked, in line with numerous accounts. It is believed they have been kidnapped from their hostel positioned close to a mine the place they labored.
Conflicting experiences recommend that the miners have been tied up and both shot or had their throats slit after they have been taken to the close by hills.
However, a video clip that has gone viral on social media exhibits three our bodies exterior a room, suggesting that a few of the miners could have been killed exterior their hostel.
Police mentioned that the survivors have been taken to a hospital in Machh, and that preliminary experiences mentioned 10 coal miners had been introduced lifeless or have been in important situation. The demise toll was later reported to have reached 11.
This is the primary main assault on members of the Hazara group since April final yr when a suicide bomb assault at a market killed 18 individuals; most of them have been Hazaras.
There have been fixed assaults on members of the group by terror teams. While nobody instantly claimed duty for Sunday’s episode, Hazaras have traditionally been focused by Taliban and Islamic State militants, aside from different Sunni extremist teams.
In 2013, three bombings killed greater than 200 individuals in Hazara neighbourhoods in Quetta.
Following Sunday’s assault, members of the Hazara minority in Quetta blocked the western bypass in protest and set tyres on fireplace. Heavy contingents of police, native administration and frontier constabulary (FC) personnel cordoned off the realm.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the killings and termed the incident “yet another cowardly (and) inhumane act of terrorism”. He tweeted, “The families of the victims will not be left abandoned by the (government). Have asked the FC to use all resources to apprehend these killers and bring them to justice.”