GUNMEN OFFLOAD PASSENGERS FROM BUS; SHOOT DEAD 14 OF THEM IN BALOCHISTAN

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GUNMEN OFFLOAD PASSENGERS FROM BUS; SHOOT DEAD 14 OF THEM IN BALOCHISTAN

Islamabad: At least 14 passengers were killed after they were  off loaded from a bus on the Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan’s Ormara area by unidentified assailants early on Thursday.

According to Balochistan Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt, around 15-20 unidentified armed assailants in camouflage uniform reportedly stopped five or six buses travelling between Karachi and Gwadar.

According to Dawn in the Buzi Top area, between 12:30am and 1am, the gunmen stopped a bus, checked the identity cards of passengers and offloaded about 16 of them, the IGP said.

IGP Butt explained that it was a “targeted killing”. The victims were identified via their CNICs and shot at close range, he said.

At least 14 were shot dead, while two passengers managed to escape the massacre and made it to the nearest Levies checkpost. They were shifted to Ormara Hospital for treatment. The motive behind the killings and the identity of the victims are yet to be ascertained.

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