QUETTA - Seven people, including a girl child were gunned down while five others received critical wounds in an incident of 'sectarian killing at Sariab Road in the outskirts of Quetta on Wednesday. Five deceased belonged to Hazara tribe of Shia community. Police said that a group of vegetable-sellers hailing from Hazara community had gone to Hazargani vegetable market, located in the suburb of the provincial capital for buying vegetables and were coming back to Quetta when unidentified armed assailants chased their vehicle at Mirgahi Khan Chowk adjacent to Sariab Road and opened indiscriminate firing at it with sophisticated weapons. Consequently, seven people, including a girl child died on the spot and five others received serious wounds. After the incident, police and other law-enforcement agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Complex Hospital where deceased were identified as Ali Ahmed Hazara, Ghulam Nabi Hazara, Ashiq Ali, Qurban Ali, Ali Ahmed, Hanif and five-year-old Tahira Bibi. Five injured were identified as Jan Ali, Muhammad Ali, Yar Muhammad, Haji Jummah Hazara and Rashid Marri. Police quoting eyewitnesses, said that the assailants were riding a motorbike and managed to flee from the scene soon after committing the crime. 'The incident seemed to be a case of sectarian killing as in past members of Hazara community were also attacked and killed in Hazarganji area by banned religious outfits which later accepted the responsibility for the attacks, a senior police official said, adding, that investigations were underway to unearth the real motive behind the murder. He said that security had been beefed up in the locality and raids were being conducted to trace out the culprits. Police handed over the bodies to heirs after completing legal formalities. One and half week ago, seven people belonging to Hazara community were killed and several others wounded in Hazara Town by firing and rocket attacks whom responsibility was later accepted by banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. However, no group so far has claimed responsibility for this recent attack till filing of this report. Meanwhile, a large number of activists of Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) staged a demo outside Quetta Press Club to protest the Sariab incident and killing of members of Shia community. The emotionally charged protesters were shouting slogans against the govt and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the killing of innocent people. Addressing the protestors, HDP central Secretary Information Muhammad Raza Wakil and district President Muhammad Raza Hazara strongly condemned the brutal murder of members of Shia community and termed it failure of government to maintain law and order. 'Provincial government is busy in corruption and looting and it has nothing to do with the safety of people,they remarked. They demanded of Supreme Court Chief Justice and humanitarian organisations to take notice of violation of human rights in Balochistan and stop the killing of members of Shia community.