Gunmen kill 13 Pakistanis heading home for Muslim holiday of Eid

August 6, 2013 14:00

QUETTA, Pakistan - Separatist insurgents in Pakistan executed 13 bus passengers heading home to celebrate a Muslim holiday, authorities said on Tuesday, in what they described as ethnically motivated killings.

A separatist movement claimed responsibility and said the men were members of the intelligence and security forces.The gunmen stopped a convoy of three buses traveling overnight from Quetta, capital of the gas-rich southwestern province of Baluchistan, to Punjab province and inspected passengers' identity cards, assistant commissioner of district police Bolan Kashif Nabi told Reuters.

The gunmen pulled 22 men off the bus. Thirteen were found later dumped by the side of the road, shot in the head and chest from close range. The rest were missing, he said.

The men were heading home to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Nabi said.

The Baluch Liberation Army, which is fighting for secession from Pakistan, claimed responsibility. Spokesman Meerak Baluch said the 13 men were members of intelligence agencies and other security forces. The rest of the men had been set free, he said.

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