04 Oct '11, 4am

10 killed in gun attack on bus in southwest Pakistan

10 killed in gun attack on bus in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan : Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in Pakistan's insurgency-torn southwest on Tuesday, killing 13 people in the second major sectarian attack to hit the area in two weeks, police said. Pakistani has faced mounting criticism from its minority Shiite community and human rights groups for failing to prevent thousands of sectarian murders, which further destabilise the fragile US ally in the war on Al-Qaeda. Tuesday's drive-by shooting happened on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas-rich Baluchistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan. "Four gunmen riding two motorcycles opened fire on a bus in the outskirts of Quetta," local police official Hamid Shakeel told AFP. "The death toll has risen to 13. Two of the injured who were in critical condition died in hospital. Now 12 Shiite Muslims and one Pashtun have been killed in the attack...

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