11 coal miners from Pakistan's minority Shia Hazara community shot dead in Balochistan

4th Jan

11 coal miners from Pakistan's minority Shia Hazara community shot dead in Balochistan

On Sunday, 11 coal miners from Pakistan's minority Shia Hazara community were killed by gunmen who kidnapped them and took them to nearby mountains, in the southwestern province of Balochistan.
According to police, the miners were on the way to work at Machh coal field when the unidentified gunmen kidnapped them and opened fire on them after taking them to the nearby hills.
Six of the miners died on the spot and five who were critically wounded died on the way to a hospital.
The miners were from a Shia Hazara community and the gunmen only took them while leaving others unharmned.
Police, administration officials etc. reached the site and Prime Minister Imran Khan criticised the killing and termed it as a "cowardly and inhumane act of terrorism".'
He also tweeted that the families will recieve justice and the FC has been asked to use all resources to find the killers.
The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan also criticized the killers and asked for an inquiry report from the authorities concerned.
Although no group has taken responsibility for the killing, it is found that the Sunni extremist organisation Lashker-e-Jhangvi has targeted the minority Hazara community in Baluchistan in the past.