Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2019

Gunmen kill at least 14 bus passengers in Pakistan

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A naval official and a coast guard member are among those killed

Published 2:03 PM, April 18, 2019

Updated 2:03 PM, April 18, 2019

QUETTA, Pakistan – Gunmen killed at least 14 people after forcing them to disembark from buses in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province, officials said on Thursday, April 18.

The attackers were wearing uniforms from the paramilitary Frontier Corps, provincial home secretary Haider Ali told Agence France-Presse.

The gunmen “stopped buses on the Makran Coastal Highway and gunned down 14 people,” he said, adding that the vehicles were travelling to the port megacity of Karachi from the coastal town of Ormara.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came less than a week after a suicide blast in provincial capital Quetta killed 20 people.

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

A naval official and a coast guard member were among those killed, Ali said. –

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