18 Iran-bound passengers killed in Turbat

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18 Iran-bound passengers killed in Turbat

QUETTA: Eighteen persons, who were traveling to Iran, were gunned down while two others were injured when when unidentified armed men attacked their vehicles in the Basoli area of Turbat district on Friday night, Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported on 6 July, 2012.

Two pick-up vans carrying 20 people were on their way to Turbat from Karachi. The assailants intercepted the vans in Basoli, some 750 kilometres from Quetta. They forced the passengers, most of them residents of the Punjab, off the bus and sprayed them with bullets. The assailants managed to flee, a Balochistan Home Department official said.

An official of the Levies Force said the people were heading to Iran via Mand Tehsil of Turbat as Iran provided an overland exit route for illegal immigrants to European countries.