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Gunmen Kill 13 Bus Passengers In Southwest Pakistan


The body of one of the victims outside a hospital in Quetta

The body of one of the victims outside a hospital in Quetta

Gunmen have abducted and killed 13 bus passengers at a fake checkpoint in southwest Pakistan.

Reports said the passengers were taken from a convoy of buses heading from Balochistan Province to central Punjab Province late on August 5.

The gunmen reportedly wore the uniform of Pakistani security forces.

No one has claimed responsibility, but the attack appears to have targeted Punjabis who work in Balochistan.

Security forces who provide protection to buses traveling through Balochistan chased the gunmen, but lost them after the gunmen reportedly fired a rocket, killing one security officer.

Balochistan is home to separatists fighting for political autonomy and a greater share of the profits from region's mineral resources.

It has also seen sectarian violence between Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslims and Shi'ites.

Based on reporting by AP, BBC, AFP, and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
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