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13 bus passengers shot in Pakistan

Thirteen bus passengers have been abducted and killed by gunmen in south-west Pakistan, a local official said.

Kashif Nabi said the passengers were taken from a convoy of five buses which was heading from Baluchistan province to Punjab province. Tribal police found their bodies in a nearby ravine.

Mr Nabi said paramilitary troops provide protection for bus convoys moving through Baluchistan, but the attackers distracted the soldiers by attacking a nearby oil tanker. The troops responded, and one soldier was killed.

Another group of gunmen attacked the buses and took 13 passengers with them.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Baluchistan is home to both Islamic militants and separatist insurgents. It is not clear whom the attackers were targeting, but separatists have a history of attacking Punjabis.

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