Gunmen kill 14 after kidnapping them from buses on Pakistani coast
Thursday 18/April/2019 - 12:31 PM
(Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen killed 14 people in southwestern Pakistan after pulling them from several passenger buses، sifting through their identity cards and kidnapping them، a Pakistani official said on Thursday.
A Baluch insurgent group claimed responsibility in a statement emailed to reporters and newspaper offices.
Fighters of Baloch Raji Aajoi Saangar carried out the killings، said the group، which described itself as an umbrella body of three Baluch separatist movements in the region، but denied that ordinary passengers had been targeted.
“Those who were targeted carried cards of the Pakistan Navy and Coast Guards، and they were only killed after they were identified،” the group’s spokesman، Baluch Khan، said in the statement.
The passengers were traveling on a coastal highway from the financial hub of Karachi towards Gwadar، the Arabian Sea port town where China is building a deep-water port.
Southwestern Baluchistan province has long been plagued by violence and a stubborn insurgency، with several separatist groups and Islamist militants operating in a region that boasts vast gas and mineral resources.
“Terrorists offloaded 14 persons from different buses after checking their NICs. They took them and killed them،” Langove said، referring to Pakistani national identity cards.
Langove did not specify how the passengers were selected to be kidnapped and killed or their identities.