In a statement released on Saturday, Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the killing of at least 11 coal miners who were kidnapped and shot dead by Daesh terrorists in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The Iranian diplomat said such criminal attacks demonstrate the necessity for collective cooperation among all regional countries in the war against terrorist groups.
It is necessary for all Muslim nations to join hands and focus efforts on destroying the “ideological and financial” grounds sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups.
He underlined that the Islamic world must prevent the continued support that certain countries provide for terrorist groups with the aim of ending violence against innocent people with various religions and faiths.
The attack took place early morning in the Mach area of Bolan district around 100km southeast of Balochistan’s capital Quetta, killing the miners who were in a shared residential room near the coal mine where they worked, officials said.
“The throats of all coal miners have been slit, after their hands were tied behind their backs and (they were) blindfolded,” a security official told Reuters, requesting anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to media, according to Reuters.
A video clip making the rounds on WhatsApp groups, apparently shot by a first responder, showed three bodies lying outside the room and the rest inside in pools of blood.
“The condemnable killing of 11 innocent coal miners in Mach Baluchistan is yet another cowardly inhuman act of terrorism,” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet.
The attack came after a relative lull in nearly a year of violence against the mainly Shia Hazara minority in the province.
In April, a market suicide bombing killed 18 people, half of whom were Hazaras.
Hazaras have been frequently targeted by Taliban and Daesh terrorists and other militant groups in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 2013, three bombings killed more than 200 people in Hazara neighborhoods in Quetta.