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QUETTA: Four members of a Christian family and five others lost their lives in separate incidents in the city on Monday, showing an uptick in violence that authorities appeared to be powerless to control.
While the Christian family, who belonged to Punjab and had come to Quetta to see relatives, fell victim to a targeted attack, the cause of the death of others was said to be a tribal feud.
Police officials said five members of the Christian family were travelling in an auto-rickshaw when gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire on them and fled.
According to AP, the militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Christian family in a statement carried by its Aamaq news.
Militant Islamic State group claims responsibility for attack
Among the four killed was a woman and two brothers. A 12-year-old girl, the daughter of one of the deceased, suffered injuries. She was admitted to the trauma centre of the Civil Hospital Quetta.
Sources said all the four were hit by bullets in the head and upper parts of the body.
Quoting a witness, an officer said the assailants sprayed bullets on the rickshaw from two sides.
The bodies and the injured were shifted to hospital by personnel of the police and paramilitary Frontier Corps.
The deceased were identified as Imran Masih, Tariq Masih, Pervez Masih and Firdus Bibi.
The injured girl was identified as Sehar Pervez.