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Gunmen Kill 7 Shi'a In Balochistan

Police officers inspecting a bullet-riddled car in Quetta, in Pakistan's Balochistan Province, last week.
QUETTA, Pakistan -- Gunmen have shot dead seven Shi'ite Muslims in two separate incidents in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan.

Police say that in the first of the September 1 incidents, four gunmen riding two motorbikes intercepted a bus near Hazarganji area, pulled five Shi'ite vegetable sellers off the vehicle, and shot them dead.

In the second incident, two motorbike riders sprayed bullets at two Shi'a on the outskirts of Quetta, killing both of them.

Balochistan has seen a notable increase in violence, mainly the targeted killings of Shi'a and officials.

On August 30, a session judge, Zulfiqar Naqvi, was killed while traveling to his office in Quetta.

With additional reporting by AFP