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Two people killed in sectarian attack in southwestern Pakistan

PAKISTAN (OBSERVATORY) –¬†Two members of the ethnic Hazara minority were shot dead in a sectarian attack in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, where minority killings continued despite overall improved security.

Police said three Hazara men were traveling together on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on them, killing two people and wounding the third.

“It was a targeted killing,” senior police officer Syed Ataullah Shah told Reuters.

No one claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

He said at least six Hazarais had been killed in attacks in the past two months in Quetta.

Hazara is predominantly Shiite Muslims, usually targeted by the Islamic Taliban, the Islamic state and other Sunni groups because of their faith in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Many Hazara have fled to Pakistan during decades of conflict in Afghanistan and about half a million now live in and around Quetta.

In 2013, three separate bombings killed more than 200 people in Hazara neighborhoods, drawing world attention to the suffering of the minority.