QUETTA - Three people belonging to the Hazara community were shot dead in a sectarian targeted killing on Arbab Karam Khan Road of the provincial capital Thursday.

According to police, the victims, who were Shia Muslims, were on their way to home in a rickshaw when armed men riding a motorcycle sprayed them with bullets near Farooq Flour Mill on Arbab Karam Khan Road. Resultantly, one of them died on the spot after sustaining serious wounds and two others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital.  The assailants fled the scene swiftly after committing the crime despite presence of thousands of personnel of law enforcement agencies. Soon after the incident, police and Frontier Corps personnel rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. The rescue workers moved the bodies to the Civil Hospital, where two of them were identified as Khadim Hussain and Abdul Ali, both 25-year-old.

Meanwhile, Haq Nawaz, the spokesman of a newly-established militant outfit Jaish-e-Islam, claimed the responsibility for the incident and said it was a revenge of the clerics killed during the past few months in Quetta.