2011 Hazara Town shooting

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2011 Hazara Town shooting
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Location Hazara Town, Quetta, Pakistan
Date May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
0630 (PST)
Attack type
Shooting and Rocket Attacks
Deaths 8
Non-fatal injuries
at least 15
Perpetrators Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ)

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2011 Hazara Town shooting refers to a massacre of Hazara people on May 6, 2011 in Hazara Town, Quetta city of Pakistan which left 8 dead and at least 15 wounded. The shooting took place early in the morning around 0630 hrs Pakistan Standard Time in a park when people were doing morning-exercises, playing cricket and football. Three rockets were fired which was followed by heavy gunfire. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for the attack.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

Hazara Town is one of the Hazara populated neighborhoods of southwestern city of Quetta in Pakistani province of Balochistan. The Hazaras are mainly Shia Muslims and their neighborhood is surrounded by other ethnic groups of Sunni sect, Balochs and Pashtuns.

Shooting[edit]

The attack took place in an open field park adjacent to Hazara cemetery by Bypass Road. At least 10 armed men with two rocket launchers and automatic assault rifles on three vehicles entered from Brewery Road, took positions on Bypass Road and started shooting. At least three rockets were fired which were followed by heavy gunfire. The shooting last 17 minutes then assailants fled toward the Shalkot area after carrying out the attack. At the end of the day, the shooting left 8 dead and 15 injured.[4][5][6]

Perpetrators[edit]

The banned Pakistani Sunni extremist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attacks in Hazara Town.[7] LeJ specifically talks about Hazara Town shooting in one of their night letters distributed in Quetta by LeJ Balochistan Unit.[8] It is believed that it was one the attacks in revenge of the death of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.[4][9]

Response[edit]

The protesters blocked the bypass road and demanded the arrest of the assailants.[4][7]

The US Embassy in Islamabad also issued a statement condemning the killings:

The senseless killing of innocent civilians is an affront to the people of Pakistan and to all humanity. All must stand together and take resolute action to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat terrorist organisations'.[7]

The Pakistani political parties Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Tehreek Insaf condemned the killings and demanded the arrest of perpetrators from Government of Pakistan.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six killed in Quetta sectarian attack". Dawn.Com. 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ Baloch, Shehzad. "Targeted killings: Rocket attack kills seven in Quetta – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  3. ^ "8 killed in rocket attack in Quetta, SW Pakistan". News.xinhuanet.com. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  4. ^ a b c Baloch, Shehzad. "Targeted killings: Rocket attack kills seven in Quetta". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  5. ^ APP (2011-05-06). "6 killed, 15 injured in Quetta firing, rocket attack". AAJ News. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  6. ^ "8 Shi´ites killed in Pakistan attack". CNTV English. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  7. ^ a b c "Six killed in Quetta sectarian attack". Dawn News. 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  8. ^ HNP Editor. "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Open Letter Against Hazaras". Hazara News Pakistan. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  9. ^ "8 killed in rocket attack in Quetta, SW Pakistan CCTV News - CNTV English". 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  10. ^ HNP Editor. "Zardari, Gilani Mum, MQM, PTI Condemn Hazara Town Attacks". Hazara News Pakistan. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 

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