Militants gun down 14 bus passengers in Balochistan


QUETTA -- Gunmen killed at least 14 Pakistanis after forcing them to disembark from buses in Balochistan Province, officials said Thursday (April 18).

The attackers, who numbered around two dozen, were wearing uniforms of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, provincial Home Secretary Haider Ali told AFP.

They "stopped buses on the Makran Coastal Highway and gunned down 14 people", he said, adding that the four vehicles were travelling to Karachi from the coastal town of Ormara.

The gunmen identified non-Baloch passengers by their identity cards and shot them, he said. All the victims are believed to be Pakistani, including a naval officer and a coast guard member.

Provincial Home Minister Ziaullah Langove told AFP a full-scale investigation had begun, and authorities are trying to track down the gunmen.

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