Islamic State claims responsibility for Pakistan attack

by Chari Santos

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack early morning Sunday that killed 11 miners from Pakistan’s minority Shiite Hazaras in Baluchistan province.

The attack took place in the Mach area of Bolan district around 100 kilometers southeast of Baluchistan’s capital Quetta.

The miners, who were in a shared residential room near the coal mine where they worked, were kidnapped and taken to nearby mountains before they were blind folded and had their hands tied behind their backs. Their throats were also slit.

Six of the miners were already dead when found, and five who were critically wounded died on the way to a hospital.

A gruesome video clip making the rounds on WhatsApp groups, apparently shot by a first responder, showed the miners’ bodies strewn across the floor of a small hut, bathed in their own blood.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the killing of the 11 innocent coal miners as a cowardly inhuman act of terrorism. He also vowed to use all of his government resources to bring the killers to justice.

The Islamic State, through its Amaq news agency via its Telegram communications channel,  claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after a relative lull in nearly a year of violence against the mainly Shiite Hazara minority in the province.

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