QUETTA - At least 18 people, who were illegally travelling to Iran, were reportedly killed and two others wounded when unidentified armed men attacked them with sophisticated weapons in Kech district near Pak-Iran border on Friday.
Sources said the ill-fated illegal immigrants were heading towards Iran in vans through the mountainous area when they were intercepted by the armed men, who shot them dead after confirming their identity.
“Most of the victims belonged to Punjab,” sources said, adding that the incident occurred around 1pm.
When contacted, Additional Deputy Commissioner Makran Aslam Tareen at 9: 57pm on telephone, said so far no dead body or injured had been brought to any hospital of Kech district.
“So far, I cannot confirm this incident; however, teams had been dispatched towards the hilly terrain located near Pak-Iran border, some 110 km from the Turbat town in the north of Gwadar city, after receiving information,” he said, adding there was no possibility of a bus reaching the said difficult terrain. However, Muhammad Saleem, Levies Force personnel, confirmed the incident, saying 14 people belonged to Punjab and four from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while two persons were injured in the incident. Meanwhile, the Baloch Tiger Liberation, through its spokesman Meeran Baloch, has claimed responsibility for the Turbat attack.
Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani has taken notice of the incident and sought report on vans plying illegally near the Iran border.