Pakistan: Gunmen kill 2 Shiites in Quetta

People comfort a man who lost his son in a deadly shooting incident outside a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Police in Pakistan said gunmen have killed multiple Shiites, the latest in a recent series of attacks on the religious minority. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

Police in Pakistan say gunmen have killed two Shiites and wounded a third in Quetta, the latest in a recent series of attacks on the religious minority

QUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen killed two Shiites and wounded a third in Quetta on Sunday, the latest in a recent series of attacks on the religious minority, police said.

Police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said both deceased men were local officials in Shiite community organizations; Ali Raza was a Baluchistan Shiite Conference official while Syed Zaman worked for the Hazara Welfare Foundation.

Cheema said the attackers fled the scene on motorcycles after Sunday's shooting and that a search is underway. No arrests have been made.

It was the fifth attack in recent months targeting Shiites in Quetta. Last week, a Shiite shopkeeper was killed in a drive-by shooting.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. Sunni extremists view Shiites as heretics and apostates.

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