Karachi : At least 25 Shia pilgrims, including 10 women, were killed when suicide bombers attacked their buses in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province as they were returning from Iran, officials said on Monday, reports PTI.

 The attack took place yesterday when 10 buses carrying the Shia pilgrims stopped at a hotel in Taftan near the Iranian border.

Six of the attackers were killed by security forces after heavy exchange of fire, Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, told reporters.

“As soon as the pilgrims came out of the buses to go to the hotel first a group of militants first opened indiscriminate fire on them and also threw hand grenades before rushing into the hotel and taking refuge there,” Bugti said.

The Commissioner Quetta, Qambar Dashti, told PTI that 25 people were killed in the attack and condition of some of the injured was critical.

25 dead in twin suicide bombings in Iraq

At least 25 people were killed and 145 others wounded in two suicide bombings in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Tuz-Khurmato in Salahudin province on Monday, a provincial police source said.

“The latest reports said that 25 people were killed and 145 others wounded by a truck bomb and a car bomb in central city of Tuz-Khurmato,” Xinhua cited the source as saying, according to IANS.

The attacks occurred before noon when a suicide bomber blew up his truck bomb at the entrance of the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, the source said.

Minutes later, a booby-trapped car went off at a crowded parking lot, just 50 metres away from the scene of the first blast.Most victims were Kurdish guards of PUK office.Mohammed Mahmoud, a Kurdish member of the provincial council, was badly wounded by the truck blast, the source said.

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