QUETTA - Security forces yesterday recovered bullet-riddled bodies of three abducted labourers from Balochistan’s Turbat district. Suspected militants on Thursday had kidnapped the labourers from Turbat area.

A Levies official said bullet-riddled bodies of the three men were found in Dasht tehsil of Balochistan. The official added that all victims had received multiple bullet wounds, and were shot from a point blank range.

Locals in the area had spotted the bodies and informed security forces. The corpses were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Turbat for postmortem.

Security personnel reached the site and cordoned off the area, and also started an initial investigation into the incident. The bodies were identified as Juma Khan, Gul Khan and Yehya Khan by the security sources, the deceased labourers were busy in construction of a road in the area.

Security forces had launched a search operation in the area following the abduction to trace out the culprits.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnappings, or the subsequent murders.

Earlier in April, gunmen had killed 20 construction workers and injured three others in a pre-dawn attack on a labourers’ camp near Turbat, in Balochistan’s Kech district. The attack which was widely condemned was claimed by Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF).

IRAN HANDS OVER 255 DEPORTEES TO PAKISTAN

Iranian security forces handed over 255 Pakistani nationals to Levies Force on Pak-Iran border in Taftan area of Chaghi district.

Levies sources said yesterday that these Pakistani workers were apprehended from different parts of Iran by Iranian security forces because they were living there without valid traveling documents.

The Levies sources said that these deportees would be handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further interrogation.

Meanwhile, Iranian security forces also handed over a body of Pakistani worker to Levies Force on Pak-Iran border in Taftan area of the district. Levies sources said that Iranian security forces told them about a 50-year-old Pakistani worker - Habibullah – who died in Bandar Abass area of Iran due to cardiac attack.

The Levies Force added that the body was handed over to the heirs after completion of legal formalities.

SHOPKEEPER KILLED

Gunmen shot dead a shopkeeper at Hazar Ganji area of provincial capital yesterday.

According to police sources, the victim was present in his shop when assailants appeared there and sprayed bullets on him. The victim succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital and fled. The attackers managed to escape from the scene.

The reason behind killing could not be ascertained. Further investigation was underway.