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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Killing 11 Coal Miners in Pakistan

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for kidnapping and killing at least 11 coal miners in the town of Macch in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Jan. 3.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for kidnapping and killing at least 11 coal miners in the town of Macch in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan on Jan. 3.

IS claimed responsibility for the abduction and deaths of the miners through its Amaq news agency via messaging platform Telegram on the same day the attack took place close to Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

According to Moazzam Ali Jatoi, an official with the paramilitary Levies Force, six miners were already dead when found while five died on the way to the hospital due to their critical wounds.

Jatoi also said that the initial investigation showed that the attackers identified the miners as members of Hazara, a minority Shia community that has often been targeted by extremists from Pakistan’s Sunni Muslin majority.

Officials said that the attackers blindfolded the miners, tied their hands behind their backs, took them to a nearby area, and shot them at close range.

“Their clothes from the front were almost fully bloodstained,” Hazara activist Ali Raza, who received the bodies in the provincial capital of Quetta, told the New York Times in a phone interview.

“Bruises on bodies also suggest that they were dragged,” Raza added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack as “another cowardly inhumane act of terrorism.”

Khan also stated in a tweet that he has asked the Frontier Corps “to use all resources to apprehend these killers and bring them to justice.”

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