Suspected sectarian attack in Pakistan kills 13

October 4, 2011 07:45

QUETTA, Pakistan - At least 13 people were shot dead by gunmen in a suspected sectarian attack on a passenger bus in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Tuesday, the second such attack in just over two weeks.

The attackers, who were said by police to have arrived in a pickup truck, intercepted the bus on the outskirts of the provincial capital of Quetta. Five people were wounded.

"After intercepting the bus, four to five gunmen went in to the bus and opened fire and then fled," senior police Hamid Shakeel told Reuters.

The bus was carrying mostly Shi'ite Muslims from the Hazara community, who were returning from Quetta.

One of the wounded men, Hussain, however told Reuters from the hospital that about 45 minutes outside of Quetta, two men already on the bus ordered the driver to stop and started shooting.

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