Two Shia men gunned down in Quetta

Two Hazara Shia men were killed and two others injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Quetta city of southwest Pakistan today, police said.

The gunmen, who were on a motorcycle, fired at a taxi in which the two Hazara men were travelling at Shahrah-e-Iqbal. The men were killed instantly and two passers-by were injured, police officials said.

The gunmen escaped after the attack. Rescue teams took the dead and injured to a nearby hospital.

Police officials confirmed that the dead men belonged to the minority Hazara Shia community, which has been the target of a series of terrorist attacks in Quetta and nearby areas.

Over 250 people have died in attacks this year. The banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on the Hazara Shias.