Pakistani Gunmen Kill Professor Who Promoted Education For Girls

 July 12, 2013

QUETTA, Pakistan -- A college professor who promoted education for girls in Pakistan has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in the southwestern Balochistan Province.

Provincial police said on July 12 that two armed militants opened fire at Abdul Razzaq's motorcycle on Chakar Khan Road in the Khuzdar district, killing him and wounding another college professor on July 11.

Razzaq taught at Khuzdar Degree College and was well-known for his activities supporting education for girls.

Police say the incident appeared to be a targeted killing.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan has experienced a spike in sectarian killings recently as radical Sunni Muslims have targeted Shi'a.

The province is also the scene of a decades-long insurgency by Baluch nationalists, who demand greater autonomy and a larger share of profits from the region's mineral resources.

With reporting by and