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Police in Pakistan's north say at least 18 people traveling on a bus have been killed in an attack by gunmen.

Police officials, on condition of anonymity, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that those targeted were Shi'a Muslims, a minority in Pakistan, in a suspected sectarian attack by Sunnis.

The attack occurred in the mountainous village of Harban Nala in Kohistan district.

Reports say the bus was traveling from Rawalpindi, near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to the northern town of Gilgit.

Local police chief Mohammad Ilyas said armed men were hiding on both sides of the road and attacked the bus.

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, with AFP, Reuters, and AP reports