Gunmen kill at least 14 bus passengers in Pakistan's Balochistan

Apr 18 2019 02:22 PM
Gunmen kill at least 14 bus passengers in Pakistan's Balochistan

Islamabad: At least 14 people have been shot dead by gunmen after several buses were ambushed in the remote Ormara area of Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province.

Provincial home secretary Haider Ali told AFP, The attackers were wearing uniforms from the paramilitary Frontier Corps. He further said, the gunmen stopped buses on the Makran Coastal Highway and gunned down 14 people".

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Provincial information minister Zahoor Buledi told Al Jazeera that the travelers were removed from the buses and taken to a second location, where they were shot dead, early on Thursday morning. He further said, They identified non-Baloch by checking their identity cards and employee cards. They took them to the nearby mountains and shot them dead after tying their hands.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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The attack took place at an isolated location on the country's main coastal highway, near the Hingol national park. Asif Shawani, a local health official, told Al Jazeera, "This is a very remote place, about 60km from the nearest town in Ormara and 300km from Gwadar,"

Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan's largest and poorest province, as well as the site of Islamist, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.

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