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14 bus passengers offloaded, shot dead by terrorists in Balochistan

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WION Islamabad, Pakistan Apr 18, 2019, 10.47 AM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick

In a shocking incident, 14 bus passengers were offloaded and shot dead by terrorists on the Makran coastal highway in Ormara, in Gwadar district of Balochistan in Pakistan on Thursday.
 
The incident happened between 1am-1:30am. The terrorists stopped five-six buses travelling between Karachi and Gwadar, checked the identity cards of the passengers, separated the lot of labourers and then killed them. Most of those killed belonged to Punjab.

Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langove said the dead passengers had their legs and hands tied.

"Terrorists offloaded 14 persons from different buses after checking their NICs. They took them and killed them," Langove said.

Langove did not specify how the passengers were selected to be kidnapped and killed or their identities.

The gunmen had set up an a picket at Bazi Top near Ormara.
 
Three of the captured passengers, however, managed to escape and are being treated at a hospital in Ormara.
 
The police have launched a search operation to trace the terrorists, however, no terrorist organisation has formally claimed responsibility for the incident yet.

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

"PM has directed the authorities to make every possible effort to identify and to bring the perpetrators of the barbaric act to justice," Khan`s office said in a statement.

A similar incident took place in Balochistan's Mastung area in 2015 when armed men kidnapped about two dozen passengers from two Karachi-bound coaches and killed 19 of them.

Balochistan province has long been plagued by violence and a stubborn insurgency, a major source of concern for Pakistani officials who fear it will disrupt plans for a transport corridor through the province as part of China's Belt and Road initiative.

(With inputs from agencies)