QUETTA: Gunmen disguised as members of the Pakistani security forces killed at least 22 passengers on Friday night after forcing them off buses travelling from the western city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast, officials said.
The assault in the province of Balochistan occurred in the town of Mastung.
“Fifteen to 20 armed men in three pickup trucks and wearing security uniforms kidnapped around 35 passengers,” Sarfaraz Bugti, Balochistan’s home minister, towld Reuters. Bugti also alleged that India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) was involved in the killings.
Mureed Baloch, a militant who identifies himself as the spokesman of United Baloch Army (UBA), which has attacked security forces in the past, claimed the bus attacks on Saturday.
In Quetta, the family members and relatives of those killed in the Mastung massacre protested outside the Governor House with victims’ bodies laid beside them. They decided to continue the protest after negotiations between them and the administration failed.
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