QUETTA - Unidentified gunmen shot dead five people including a Station House Officer (SHO) and wounded a woman in two separate incidents of target killing in the provincial metropolis here on Friday. According to police sources, SHO Satellite Town Police Station, Abdul Khaliq was heading towards the police station when armed assailants intercepted his vehicle at Sariab Link Road near Muslim Commercial Bank and opened indiscriminate firing at the vehicle. As a result, SHO Khaliq received critical wounds and died on the spot while driver Nazir Ahmed, constables Najeebullah and Akbar succumbed to their injuries at the Civil Hospital Quetta. Eyewitness said that the attackers were riding on a motorbike who sprayed a volley of bullets on the vehicle of police officials and escaped from the site. Soon after the incident, police and personnel of law enforcement agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. It is an incident of target killing and investigations are underway to arrest the culprits, a senior police official told The Nation. Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani has expressed his sorrow and grief over the tragic incident of killing of police officials and directed the authorities concerned for immediate arrest of the culprits. The police handed over the bodies to heirs after completing legal formalities and registered a case against the unidentified accused. The funeral prayers of the slain policemen were held at the Police Lines, which was attended by CCPO Shabir Sheikh, DIG Quetta (Operations) Ahmed Shakil, Commandant Balochistan Constabulary Abid Nothkani and other senior police officials. Later on, the body of slain SHO Khaliq was dispatched to his native town Rahim Yar Khan. In another incident, unidentified attackers gunned down a settler and wounded his wife on Sabzal Road, Quetta. Unknown people opened firing on Muhammad Asif and his wife Shakila at Bahadur Khan Street, Sabazal Road and managed successful escape from the site. As a result, the couple sustained critical wounds and was rushed to the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital where Muhammad Asif succumbed to his injuries. Police termed the attack as incident of target killing and added that the couple belonged to the Punjab. Moreover, unknown motorcyclists lobbed a hand grenade at a house owned by one Chaudhry Ajmal, located at Railways Housing Scheme and escaped the scene. The grenade landed inside the house but luckily did not explode. Police and Bomb Disposal Squad rushed to the site and defused the payload. Following incidents of target killing, security has been beefed up in Quetta as police backed by personnel of Frontier Corps, Balochistan Constabulary and Anti Terrorist Force started patrolling in different areas of the city and took positions.