Hundreds protest in Pakistan after ISIS executed 11 coal miners

Hundreds of Shiites protest in Pakistan after ISIS executed 11 coal miners

  • Pakistani minority Shiites blocked key road on outskirts of Pakistani city Quetta
  • The protests come after miners, members of the country’s minority Shiite Hazara community, were abducted and later executed by ISIS militants
  • Police video of the bodies revealed the miners were blindfolded and their hands tied before they were shot 

Hundreds of Pakistani minority Shiites blocked a key road on the outskirts the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta for a second straight day to protest against the killing of 11 coal miners by ISIS.

The miners, members of the country’s minority Shiite Hazara community, were abducted by ISIS militants in southwestern Baluchistan province on Sunday, taken to a nearby mountain and shot.

Six died at the scene and five, critically wounded, died on the way to hospital.

Hundreds of Pakistani minority Shiites today blocked a key road on the outskirts the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta for a second straight day to protest against the killing of 11 coal miners by ISIS. 

The miners, members of the country’s minority Shiite Hazara community, were abducted by ISIS militants in southwestern Baluchistan province on Sunday, taken to a nearby mountain and shot. Pictured: A man from the Shiite Hazara community mourns over the coffin of a miner today

Police video of the bodies revealed the miners were blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs before being shot. Picured: Shiite Muslims protest against the killing of the miners by ISIS today

Hundreds gathered yesterday to protest against the execution of the 11 miners in Karachi 

Police video of the bodies revealed the miners were blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs before being shot. Their throats had also been slit, local reports claim. 

The attack took place near the Machh coal field, about 30 miles east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.

The Sunni militant group has repeatedly targeted Pakistan’s minority Shiites in recent years.

ISIS claimed responsibility quickly after the abduction of the miners.

The protesters brought the coffins with the miners’ bodies to the Quetta road, insisting they would not be buried until authorities arrest the killers.

Under Islamic tradition, burials take place as quickly as possible after death.

The protesters carried the coffins today with the miners’ bodies to the Quetta road, insisting they would not be buried until authorities arrest the killers

The crowd of about 1,000 today said it would hold the sit-in until their demands are met

Relatives mourn the loss of their loved ones today after they were killed by ISIS in a horrific attack

The crowd of about 1,000 said it would hold the sit-in until their demands are met.

Authorities say they are still trying to trace and arrest the assailants and that police raids were under way in the area.

Officials held talks with Shiite leaders to convince the Hazaras to end the protest as many at the rally, including women and children, wept over the miners’ coffins.

‘Whenever terrorists kill our people, the government sends its representatives, saying they will ensure our protection,’ said Daud Agha, a prominent Shiite leader.

‘We never got protection in the past. We want the arrest of the killers of our people.’

Authorities say they are still trying to trace and arrest the assailants and that police raids were under way in the area. Pictured: The coffins of the 11 miners who were shot and killed by ISIS yesterday

Officials held talks with Shiite leaders to convince the Hazaras to end the protest as many at the rally, including women and children, wept over the miners’ coffins.

Protesters burned tyres and blocked a highway yesterday amid growing anger over the ISIS killing of 11 Shiite minority people 

The killing of the miners was largely condemned across the country, with the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan promising the victims’ families would be taken care of and that the perpetrators would face justice. Pictured: Protesters block a road and burn tires

He added: ‘We will not end our protest until the arrest of all the assassins. 

‘The latest wave of killings will spread to other cities including Quetta if a decisive action is not taken at this stage.’ 

The killing of the miners was largely condemned across the country, with the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan promising the victims’ families would be taken care of and that the perpetrators would face justice.

‘The condemnable killing of 11 innocent coal miners in Machh Balochistan is yet another cowardly inhumane act of terrorism,’ Mr Khan said. 

Pakistan’s Hazara community has been targeted many times in recent years by Sunni militant groups, including ISIS.

Shiite Muslims protest against the killing of miners of the Shiite Hazara community who were killed in an attack by ISIS

Pakistan’s Hazara community has been targeted many times in recent years by Sunni militant groups, including ISIS. Pictured: Shiite Muslims protested today against the killing of the miners

IS has also declared war on minority Shiites in neighbouring Afghanistan, and has claimed a number of deadly attacks across the region since emerging in 2014.

A suicide bombing at an open-air market in Quetta in April 2019 killed 20 people.

At the time, IS said it had targeted Shiites and elements of the Pakistani army.

Last January, IS claimed responsibility for a powerful explosion that ripped through a mosque in Quetta during evening prayers.

The blast killed a senior police officer and 13 others, and wounded another 20 worshippers.

Pakistan’s Baluchistan province has for the past decades also been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources such as gas and oil.    

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