At least four Pakistani security personnel were killed when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Balochistan’s capital city Quetta, the latest attack in the restive province claimed by the Islamic State group on Sunday. Three paramilitary soldiers and a policeman were killed yesterday when the gunmen opened fire on a Frontier Corps vehicle on Fatima Jinnah road in Quetta. Two civilians also sustained gunshot wounds and were admitted to a hospital.
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“It appears to be a case of target killing and according to eyewitnesses armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on the FC vehicle and the police constable who was on duty,” a senior police official had said.
But Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement today. The statement gave no further details about the attack.
Balochistan has witnessed an increase in separatist and sectarian violence this year with banned outfits carrying out suicide bombings.
In three major suicide attacks since August, more than 150 people have been killed and many more have been injured.
A suicide bomb attack at a civil hospital in Quetta in August killed around 70 people. It was followed last month by a terrorist attack on a police training centre in the city in which two suicide bombers blew themselves up killing 64 police cadets and two army soldiers.
Last week, 54 devotees and police personnel were killed in a suicide attack at a popular Sunni shrine in Khuzdar district of the province.