Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Gunmen kill 14 passengers after hijacking bus in southwestern Pakistan

Gunmen kill 14 passengers after hijacking bus in southwestern Pakistan

At least 14 passengers were on Thursday offloaded from a bus and shot dead on the spot by terrorists on the Makran coastal highway at Ormara in Balochistan.

A few passengers managed to escape the massacre and were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

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 men reportedly entered the bus, demanded to see everyone's IDs, and then commenced their attack on specific passengers. "This was an act of targeted killing", he said.

The incident took place on the Makran Coastal Highway in Ormara area shortly after midnight local time.

Provincial home minister Mir Zia Langov said a full-scale investigation had been launched into the attack and to track down the gunmen, who he said had fled the scene.

The deceased included nine personnel from Pakistan Navy, one from Pakistan Coast Guard and one from Pakistan Air Force, whereas identities of the remaining three victims were not determined yet, security officials were cited as saying by Xinhua news agency.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came less than a week after a suicide blast in the provincial capital Quetta killed 20 people.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal said: "Terrorists are killing innocent people on the agenda of anti-state elements".

Militants shot dead 14 people in Pakistan's restive Balochistan on Thursday.

Condemning the attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sought a report on the incident and directed the authorities to identify and bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

He expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in the incident, according to a statement issued by the Aiwan-e-Sadr. He also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and forbearance of the bereaved families.

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.

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