2 BALOCHISTAN CONSTABULARY PERSONNEL MARTYRED, 1 INJURED
An attack on those working to serve the people is an attack on humanity: Bizenjo
By Kaleem Kakar
QUETTA: Four persons were gunned down and at least one person injured in two seperate deadly incidents in Quetta yesterday. According to the reports female members of a polio team were gunned down by unidentified attackers in Quetta yesterday. Police said unknown miscreants opened fire on the polio team in the Shalkot area, killing a mother-daughter duo in what law enforcers believe is a targeted attack. The assailants escaped unhurt from the site of the attack, police said, as a heavy contingent of law enforcers and Frontier Corps (FC) reached the area.
Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Qudus Bizenjo condemned the attack on the polio team. Calling the attack an act of cowardice and terrorism, Bizenjo said, “an attack on those working to serve the people is an attack on humanity.”
“Those who make innocent people a target of terror are enemies of humanity and deserve the worst punishment,” he added further.
He called for strict security to be provided to the polio workers in the province and told IG Police that all resources should be used to arrest the assailants.
Two Balochistan Constabulary men namely Ilyas and Shaukat were killed and another official, Javed, was injured in an ambush by militants in Double Road area of Quetta. The martyred and injured security personnel were shifted to a nearby medical facility. Law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to trace the attackers.
SSP Operations informed that the officials, part of the Rapid Response Force, were deployed at a flyover on Quetta’s Double Road for security duty.
While they were changing their uniforms, the attackers, riding a motorcycle, opened fire on them, injuring all three, and sped away.
The SSP said this is the second incident targeting police in three days in Quetta.
Taking notice of the incident, Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai strongly condemned the killing of the personnel. A police constable was shot dead by unidentified attackers on the city’s Raisani Road on January 16.
A day earlier, on Jan 15, five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in Kech, Balochistan when their vehicle turned turtle after it was fired at.
On Jan 9, four Balochistan Constabulary personnel were among six killed in a suicide attack near the Balochistan Assembly. On Jan 2, at least five people, including two FC personnel, were injured as a result of a gun and bomb attack on a check post in the Baleli area of the provincial capital, said security sources.