Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan militants execute 14 bus passengers

Pakistan militants execute 14 bus passengers

At least 14 passengers were killed after they were offloaded from a bus on the Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan's Ormara area by unidentified assailants early on Thursday. Most of those killed belonged to Punjab.

In the Buzi Top area, between around 1 am, the gunmen halted path of all the buses and checked the identity cards of passengers, offloaded about 16 of them, the Levies sources said.

The assailants then gunned down 14 of the passengers while two other people removed from the bus managed to escape to a nearby checkpoint.

Almost 20 armed assailants wearing Frontier Corps uniforms stopped the bus and handpicked their victims in the dead of night, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported, citing senior Balochistan police officers. The attack is said to have taken place on Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan's Ormara area.

The motive behind the killings and the identity of the victims yet to be ascertained.

Little is known about the newly formed separatist Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack and asked for an urgent report.

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Former president and PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari also condemned the attack in the Buzi area and said innocent people lost their lives and it can not be forgiven.

In a similar incident in 2015, gunmen kidnapped and later killed 19 passengers of Karachi-bound buses in the mountainous Khad Kocha region of Balochistan.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal condemned the shooting while referring to it as a terrorist attack.

Khan also expressed his sympathies with the families of the victims.

President Dr Arif Alvi also condemned the "cowardly terrorist attack". He said that coordinated terrorist attacks in the country are hinting at the involvement of the enemies of Pakistan.

It was an incident of "targeted killing", reported DAWN quoting officials.

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