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Gun and suicide attack kills 23 near Pakistan-Iran border

Published on Jun 9, 2014 6:28 AM

QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) - At least 23 people including several Shiite pilgrims were killed in a gun and suicide attack on the restive Pakistan-Iran border late on Sunday night, Pakistani officials said, in the latest assault on the beleaguered minority sect.

The attack came when a bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a restaurant in the Pakistani town of Taftan in Baluchistan province, around 700 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital Quetta.

Akbar Durrani, the provincial home secretary said: "Twenty-three pilgrims were killed in the suicide attack in Taftan. Seven were injured including six women and one child."

He had earlier stated that the dead included security personnel.

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