Gunmen kill four police officers in Pakistan

ANADOLU AGENCY
KARACHI, Pakistan
Published 06.06.2015 13:52
Updated 06.06.2015 13:53
Pakistani policemen and paramedics shift the body of a policeman killed by gunmen on the outskirts of Quetta on June 6, 2015, during a police patrol (AFP Photo)
Pakistani policemen and paramedics shift the body of a policeman killed by gunmen on the outskirts of Quetta on June 6, 2015, during a police patrol (AFP Photo)

Four police officers were killed when their patrol was ambushed in Quetta, the capital of restive southwestern Baluchistan province on Saturday, officials said.

State Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti told reporters that gunmen attacked a police vehicle in Pushtoonabad district, killing three police and wounding a fourth who later died in hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The ambush follows a deadly bus attack by Baluch separatists in Mastung district, 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Quetta, in which 22 passengers were killed last week.

Baluchistan, which is the size of Italy, has been beset of separatist violence for six decades which has resulted in thousands of deaths.

Separatists claim the province was forcibly incorporated into Pakistan in 1947 and the current spell of violence was triggered in 2006 with the killing of former state chief minister and veteran Baluch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in an army operation.

Former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf is currently facing a murder charge over Bugti's killing.

The province, and especially Quetta, has also faced a deadly wave of sectarian violence in the last decade. More than 2,000 people, mostly Shia Muslims, have been killed in targeted attacks and suicide bombings.

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