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Pakistan gunmen kill 18 at cafe

Gunmen on motorcycles have killed 18 people at a roadside restaurant in south-western Pakistan.

In the country's north-west region, a US drone strike killed 12 suspected militants near the Afghan border.

The people killed in the restaurant attack in the remote town of Turbat in Baluchistan province were Pakistanis travelling with smugglers to Europe through neighbouring Iran, said Abdul Razzaq, a government official in the area. Two people were also wounded, he said.

It is unclear what motivated the attack. Baluchistan regularly experiences violence from both Islamist militants and nationalists who demand a greater share of the province's natural resources.

Earlier, US drones fired a total of five missiles at a compound in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. In addition to the militants killed, six others were wounded, some of them critically, they said.

Those hit were believed to be loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a militant commander whose forces frequently target US and other Nato troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, the officials said.

A similar drone attack last Sunday killed eight of Bahadur's fighters.


From Belfast Telegraph