Pakistan: Four women sprayed with acid-filled syringe in Quetta market

Shopping for Eid in Quetta

Unidentified men travelling on two motorcycles attacked four women, one of them a teenager, outside a jewellery shop with acid in the Kili Kamalo area on the outskirts of Quetta on Monday.

The men used syringes to discharge the acid on the women’s faces as they emerged from the shop in the busy market area and escaped after the attack. Dozens of women were present in the market as they shopped for the upcoming Eid celebrations.

This is the second acid attack on women in Quetta, with the last recorded incident in September 2011, when four young female teachers were attacked outside a school. The school had previously received threats but no group took responsibility for the attack. No arrests were made and the school reopened a few weeks later.
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta has constituted an investigation team under the supervision of SP Saryab Imran Qureshi. The women said they do not have enmity with anyone and have not nominated any suspects. “It is premature to comment on whether any extremist outfit is behind this attack or if this is the cause of a family dispute,” Qureshi said…