In what appeared to be a quite inhuman act, unidentified gunmen ambushed a bus on Tuesday, killing 18 people over sectarian differences in a usually peaceful region, Gilgit, the northern region of the country.
According to the media reports, the bus was stopped before passengers were ordered off and shot in the mountainous district. A local police official observed, “Armed men hiding on both sides of the road attacked the bus. Eighteen people have died and eight wounded”.
He confirmed that at least 18 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a bus, which was en route from Gilgit to Rawalpindi with 39 passengers on board, on Karakoram Highway.
Chief of the local police Mohammad Ilyas observed, “Armed men hiding on both sides of the road attacked the bus. Initial reports said 18 people have died and eight wounded”. He added that the bus came under attack near the town of Harban Nullah.
Jandullah group, the sub-branch of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Lakki Marwat) claimed responsibility for the attack, confirming it was done by their activists.
Ahmed Marwat, a local commander of the banned militant outfit, while telephoning stated that they were Shiite infidels and their mujahedeen shot them dead one by one after bringing them down from a bus.