Police Surgeon Gunned Down in Pakistan

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A police surgeon who testified against Pakistani security forces is dead, gunned down by unknown assailants.

Police officials say Baqir Shah was shot and killed Thursday in Quetta. A senior police official said the gunmen fired three shots at Shah from close range. He made no immediate comments about the motive.

Shah had conducted autopsies on foreigners who had been killed by police and complained of constant death threats. He was severely beaten after he ruled Pakistani forces shot and killed a group of five men and women from Russia and Tajikistan earlier this year.

Those in charge of the security team had said the five were suicide bombers who died when they detonated a grenade at a checkpoint near Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. Shah's autopsy found the men and women had actually been shot to death.