QUETTA (APS NEWS) – At least eight people were killed and a person got injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on a bus in Hazar Ganji area on the outskirts of Quetta on Thursday morning, APS News reported.
The victims, belonging to Hazara Community, were shopkeepers who were going back after buying fruits and vegetables from Sabzi Mandi.
The injured man was shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) while the police have taken bus driver into custody for interrogation.
Investigation officer Aitzaz Ahmed said the suspects have used 9mm pistoles in the attack, they managed to escape from the scene due to rush in the area.
Protesting against the incident, Hazara Democratic Party and Tahafuz-e-Azadari have announced three days of mourning.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the incident and expressed deep sorrow and grief over the incident.
Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, and has been plagued by a separatist rebellion as well as sectarian violence.
Hundreds of Hazaras in Quetta have been killed in attacks over the past few years.