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In an improvised explosive device attack targeting the minority Hazra Community as many as 16 people lost their life. The attack took place in a green grocer’s shop. The explosive device was planted in a gunny sack filled with potatoes.

As many as 30 people were injured in this disaster.

Background & Overview of the Attack

  • The Hazra Community has been on the radar of the Taliban, Islamic State and other militant groups in the region.

  • In central Afghanistan along the mountainous region The Hazras-an ethnic group resides. They speak Hazaragi language a variant of Dari, which is among the two official languages spoken in Afghanistan.

  • On the western outskirts of Quetta, there is a Hazra Town with a population of up to 750,000, of which an estimated two-thirds are ethnic Hazaras and the remaining portion are Pashtun and Baloch.

  • Balochistan rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.

  • Bomb detonated near a site where produce was being loaded for distribution around market.

  • Blast targeted the Hazarganji neighbourhood of Quetta.

  • Hazara make up roughly 500,000 of city’s 2.3 million people.

  • Earlier in the year 2013, there were three similar bombing incidents in which nearly 200 people were killed in Hazra neighbourhoods.

  • Assault on a school in Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 people, most of them children.

  • The local administration increased the security in Hazra neighbourhoods and ordered security forces to escort members of the community to the markets.

  • According to the Chief Minister Jam Kamal people who have an extremist mindset are a menace to the society and every attempt would be made to crack down the perpetrators.

  • National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) stated that 509 members of the Hazara community were killed and 627 injured in various incidents of terrorism in Quetta from January 2012 to December 2017.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 3, 2019

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