11 coal miners killed in Pakistan’s Balochistan Mach area after being kidnapped

In Pakistan, in a gruesome attack, at least 11 coal miners were killed in the Mach area of Balochistan province yesterday.

Reports suggest that armed militants who have kidnapped the workers and shot them dead at close range. The victims were members of a minority Shia community of Hazara.

According to reports, terror group Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Hazaras have been frequently targeted by Taliban and IS militants and other militant groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The attacks in Afghanistan have been claimed by an affiliate of the IS.

According to Quetta Deputy Commissioner Murad Kaas, no case has been registered so far.

A heavy contingent of police, Frontier Corps, and district administration officials reached the site after the incident.

Following the attack, members of the Hazara community in Quetta blocked the Western Bypass and set fire to tyres to protest against the killings.