QUETTA: At least three people were killed in a firing incident that took place on Joint Road in Quetta on Monday morning.
Police said unknown armed assailants riding motorcycles sprayed a volley of bullets on people standing on Joint Road during which a police official and two brothers died on spot.
Two others also received bullet injuries during the firing incident.
The attackers managed to escape from the scene.
The dead and injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital.
Law enforcement agencies cordoned off the entire area to trace out the suspects, while further probe was underway.
“The boys, in their twenties, were killed in the shooting while their parents were wounded and a policeman who was passing by the site was also killed after he shot and wounded one attacker,” senior police official Abdul Razzaq Cheema said.
He added that two gunmen were involved in the shooting but they had others assist to them in escaping the scene.
Provincial Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani confirmed the shooting and the casualties.
Members of Hazara community protested by placing the bodies of victims, wrapped in shrouds, outside the regional police chief´s office, witnesses said.
Meanwhile, an unidentified man stabbed to death an official of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Jinnah Town in the city.
The police said that a man attacked an NGO’ s coordinator at the NGO office in Jinnah Town leaving him seriously injured. The attacker managed to escape from the scene.
The coordinator was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The police have registered a case against the accused.