Islamabad/Karachi: Unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary soldiers Thursday massacred at least 14 passengers, including Pakistan Navy personnel, after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in the restive Balochistan province, in the latest targeted killing in the country. Around 15 to 20 gunmen stopped five to six buses travelling between Karachi and Gwadar. They stopped the buses on the Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan’s Ormara area, checked some three dozen passengers’ identity cards and offloaded 16 people before shooting them dead, police said.
Balochistan Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt said around 15 to 20 unidentified gunmen wearing uniforms of paramilitary Frontier Corps were involved in the attack carried out early morning at Buzi Top area. “A total of 16 people were offloaded and 14 killed while 2 managed to escape,” the officer said. Balochistan Home Minister Zia Langove told the media that the attackers used their fatigue as a disguise to carry out a routine check on the passengers.
“We have launched a probe to identify and arrest the attackers,” he said, adding that the deceased have not been identified. “One navy and one coast guard personnel were among those killed,” Langove said. A Pakistan Navy spokesperson said Navy personnel were among those killed in the attack. Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the killings in a statement from his office and sought a report on the incident.