April 18, 2019
- Local official Jehangir Dashti says it was unclear who was behind the killings before dawn Thursday
- No one has claimed responsibility for the killings
Pakistani police officials cordon off the site after a bomb blast at a fruit market in Quetta on April 12, 2019, where at least 19 people were killed. (File/AFP)
QUETTA, Pakistan – A Pakistani official says gunmen have ambushed a bus and killed 14 passengers after forcing them off the vehicle on a highway in the country’s southwest.
Local official Jehangir Dashti says it was unclear who was behind the killings before dawn Thursday.
He says about three dozen people were traveling to the southwestern port of Gawadar when gunmen stopped the bus and killed 14 people after checking their identity cards. The motive behind the killings is not known.
No one has claimed responsibility for the killings but Baluchi separatists often target security forces and people from Punjab, who tend to dominate the ranks of the military stationed in Baluchistan whom the separatists are fighting.
Separatists have waged a low-level insurgency in Baluchistan, demanding a fairer share of the province’s resources.