Gunmen kill four policemen in SW Pakistan

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Gunmen on motorcycles shot dead four policemen on Saturday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

The shooting took place in Pashtunabad, a low-income neighbourhood on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province when policemen were patrolling the area.

“Four gunmen on two motorcycles sprayed bullets on a police vehicle and four policemen were martyred,” senior police official Abul Razzaq Cheema told AFP.

Another senior police official Aitzaz Goraya confirmed the incident and said it was an act of terrorism.

Nobody immediately claimed responsiblity for the attack but Baluch separatist groups demanding more autonomy and control over province’s gas and mineral resources have frequently targeted security forces and police for years.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a statement “strongly condemned” the killings and said “such incidents cannot weaken [the] government’s resolve in eliminating the menace of terrorism and extremism.”

The province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is also riven by sectarian strife and Islamist violence.

Resource-rich Baluchistan is the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces, but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.

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