Pakistan: 26 Shia pilgrims killed in bus attack

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The Independent Online

Gunmen ambushed a bus full of Shia Muslim pilgrims in south-west Pakistan yesterday, killing 26 and wounding six in an apparent sectarian attack.

A pickup truck blocked the vehicle's path, and a group of at least eight men carrying rockets and guns forced the passengers off before opening fire and speeding off, the driver said. The wounded lay on the ground for nearly an hour before rescue workers arrived.

The pilgrims had been travelling through Mastung in Baluchistan province on their way to the Iranian border. Shia Muslims are a minority in Pakistan.