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Four Police Killed In Southwest Pakistan

  • RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Four police officers have been killed in an attack in southwestern Pakistan.

Police said gunmen opened fire on the four as they were riding motorcycles down a road on January 28 in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

Two died on the spot, while the other officers succumbed later in hospital.

The attackers escaped and a search is under way to find them.

Pakistan's Taliban, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to RFE/RL.

Balochistan is the scene of a low-intensity insurgency by nationalist and separatist Baluch groups, who want a share of revenue from gas and mineral resources and complete autonomy from Islamabad.

It's also home to Taliban insurgents, drug smugglers, kidnapping rings, sectarian militants, and government-backed paramilitary death squads.