Eight die as militants open fire in Pakistan park (Lead)

May 6th, 2011 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, May 6 (IANS) Eight people were killed and 15 injured when militants opened fire at people doing morning exercise at a park in Quetta in southwest Pakistan, police said.

Hamid Shakil, a police official, said the victims were in a neighbourhood park in Hazara town when they were shot at.

“They were taking morning exercise when the attackers came in two cars and indiscriminately opened fire on them,” Geo TV quoted Shakil as saying.

Xinhua quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the militants first fired indiscriminately at the people in the ground, then fired three rockets at them.

Friday morning’s attack comes within four days of the May 2 killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the country’s northwest city of Abbottabad by US commandos.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has pledged to avenge Osama’s killing by carrying out terror attacks in the country.

On Thursday evening, the police in the country’s northwestern Dera Ismail Khan district foiled an attempt by two suicide bombers to attack a checkpoint.

On Monday afternoon, soon after Osama’s killing, a blast in a mosque in the city of Charsadda in northwestern Pakistan killed four people and injured 11.

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