[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Women and children die in Pakistan bus attack

Eighteen people killed after gunmen riding on two motorbikes set ablaze a bus at a petrol station in southwest Pakistan.
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 21:48

Eighteen people, including women and children, have died after gunmen riding on two motorbikes set ablaze a bus at a petrol station in southwest Pakistan, officials have said.

Senior government official Abdul Mansoor Kakar said on Friday that all 16 passengers on the bus, including eight women and three children, were killed and their bodies had been severly burnt.

Two people in a nearby car were also killed after being being engulfed in flames due to fuel drums parked next to the vehicle igniting during the attack in the town of Khuzdar, in Baluchistan province.
 
Kakar said that no one had claimed responsibility for the attack and the motive was unclear, adding that the incident was under investigation but no arrests had been made.

Khuzdar is located 300km south of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.

The region has experienced ten years of conflict led by Baluch ethnic separatists demanding greater autonomy and a larger share of the province's natural resources.

Pro-Taliban fighters are active in the province, which borders both Afghanistan and Iran.

169

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.