January 10, 2013, turned out to be a nightmarish day for the people of Quetta when the city was rocked by three bombings that killed at least 120 people and injured over 200. Most of the dead and injured belonged to the Hazrara Shia community. The first explosion took place at the Bacha Khan Chowk in the afternoon. The deadly twin blasts that rocked Alamdar Road a little later resulted in the death of as many as 70 people on the spot, most of them being Hazrara Shias. DSP Mujahid Hussain, SHO Zafar Ali, Samaa cameraman Imran Sheikh, a reporter of the same channel, Saifur Rehman, and four Edhi volunteers were among those killed. The last bombing of the day was the most powerful ever to hit the city.
The attack was the latest in the systematic genocide of minority Shia Muslims in Pakistan by Sunni-Muslim extremists who consider the Shias as infidels, and thus worthy of death. Relatives of the victims held vigils by the coffins of their loved ones on Quetta’s streets for four nights, demanding for their protection from the Sunni majority, before agreeing to bury their dead after one of the bloodiest attacks on their community.