Pakistanis heading home for Muslim holiday executed by separatist insurgents
QUETTA, Pakistan (REUTERS) - Separatist insurgents in Pakistan executed 13 bus passengers heading home to celebrate a Muslim holiday, authorities said on Tuesday, in what they described as ethnically motivated killings.
A separatist movement claimed responsibility and said the men were members of the intelligence and security forces.
The gunmen stopped a convoy of three buses traveling overnight from Quetta, capital of the gas-rich south-western province of Baluchistan, to Punjab province and inspected passengers' identity cards, assistant commissioner of district police Bolan Kashif Nabi told Reuters.
The gunmen pulled 22 men off the bus. Thirteen were later found dumped by the side of the road, shot in the head and chest from close range. The rest were missing, he said.