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Pakistan: At least 19 dead in attacks on two buses

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At least 19 passengers have been shot dead in attacks on two buses on Friday, May 29, in the evening in south-western Pakistan, this attack has not yet been claimed.

“The attackers forced the bus to stop, taken more than twenty passengers as hostages and they fired, killing at least 19 people, in the attacks on two buses” said an official of the province of Baluchistan.

Buses heading to Karachi when they have been targeted in the Mastung area, near the city of Quetta, according to a local official, Akbar Harifal. Security forces were able to recover save five people after a shootout. “The area was cordoned off and even pulling” the official said.

No group had yet claimed the attack on Friday night. Separatist groups conduct a guerrilla for years in Baluchistan, an equally undermined by Islamist violence in province.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti confirmed the incident and the death toll. He said most of the abducted passengers were Pashtoons. He added that the gunmen were wearing uniforms of the security forces. Bugti alleged that Indian Intelligence Agency RAW was behind the killings and that the incident has taken place after Kashmiri people, in occupied Kashmir, waved and hoisted Pakistani flags again in the valley.

According to official sources, five of the kidnapped passengers were released, while two were said to be in injured condition. According to survivors, four to six gunmen dressed in security forces uniforms stopped the buses and took all the passengers to the mountains, where 30 to 35 more terrorists were waiting. The survivors added that after checking CNIC cards, they began killing the passengers.

A three day mourning has been announced throughout the province.

Taking notice of the incident, Prime Nawaz Sharif sought a swift probe report of the incident. He expressed deep grief over the tragic incident saying the government stands united with the victims’ families. The premier also vowed to bring the culprits behind the incident to justice.

Sidra Sajid
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