Syed Ali Shah
QUETTA, (Dawn): Armed militants killed a police officer and critically injured his son on Quetta’s troubled Sariab road area on Saturday, police said.
Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police, told Dawn.com that two militants on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at the vehicle of Assistant Sub Inspector Police Kudratullah in Sariab road area of Quetta.
He said the son of ASI suffered serious wounds as a result of the attack. “This was an apparent act of targeted killing,” Qureshi said.
The militants sped away on their motorcycle after the attack. However, the police were quick to reach the site of attack and shift the injured son of the ASI to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.
Qureshi said the police officer was en route from his residence to the market when he was targeted by militants.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
However, Qureshi suspected the involvement of Baloch separatists behind the attack.
Quetta and other parts of Balochistan have seen a sharp rise in incidents of bombings and targeted killings. The incident comes three days after militants killed two people in the same area.
In yet another incident of targeted killing, armed men gunned down an Afghan national in Quetta’s Satellite Town area.
Police said two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at an Afghan national and killed him on the spot.
“The assailants had not covered their faces,” a police officer, who requested anonymity, told Dawn.com. He added that “it was an act of targeted killing.”