At least 15 Shia pilgrims have been killed and dozens injured in a rocket attack on a bus in Pakistan’s troubled southwestern Balochistan Province, Press TV reports. The bus, carrying 40 Shia pilgrims, was travelling from Iran to the city of Quetta in Balochistan when unknown militants fired rockets at it in Hazar Gungi area in the outskirts of Quetta on Thursday The explosion killed at least 15 Shia pilgrims and injured 25 others, all of whom were immediately transferred to a local hospital.
The death toll may rise further as many of the injured are said to be in critical condition.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Militants have killed a large group of Shia Muslims in different parts of Pakistan over the past three years. Local sources say more than 2,000 Shia Muslims have been killed in the Kurram Agency since 2007. Hundreds of Shia Muslims have also been killed in various parts of the violence-hit country over the past few months. Meanwhile, Pakistani Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the crime. The recent surge in attacks against Pakistani Shia civilians has caused international outrage, with many rights groups and regional countries, including Iran, condemning the attacks and expressing deep concern over attempts to target unarmed Shia civilians. MS/ASH/HJL/IS