Last year was the bloodiest year for Pakistan’s Shiite community, with over 400 members of the sect killed in targeted attacks throughout the country, according to Human Rights Watch.
Violence has been especially intense in southwest Baluchistan province, where Quetta is the capital and the country’s largest concentration of Shiites live. More than 120 Shiites were killed in targeted attacks in Baluchistan in 2012.
In Quetta on Friday, suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a terminal where trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan were parked, said Shakeel, the senior police officer. The attack killed two people, wounded another and set 10 trucks ablaze.
Abbot reported from Islamabad. Associated Press writers Zarar Khan and Rebecca Santana in Islamabad contributed to this report.