Gunmen attacked a passenger bus in Gilgit-Baltistan in northern Pakistan. At least 9 passengers were killed. 25 other passengers were injured. Dawn reported this news citing local officials.
According to reports, unidentified gunmen attacked a passenger bus in Hudur area of Chilas, Gilgit-Baltistan at 6:30 local time on Saturday (December 2).
According to reports, unidentified gunmen attacked a passenger bus in Hudur area of Chilas, Gilgit-Baltistan at 6:30 local time on Saturday (December 2). The bus was passing through the Karakoram Highway. This highway is one of the highest roads in the world.
A former army officer named Arif Ahmed said that shots were fired at the bus in Hudur area of Chilas. Then the bus collided with a truck coming from the front. Arif Ahmed said, an accident happened after the cowardly attack.
According to this official, 8 people were killed on the spot in the gun attack. The bodies of five of them have been marked. One of the injured later died. As a result, the death toll stands at 9. Two army personnel are also among the dead.
Arif Ahmed said that all the victims are citizens of Pakistan. They are natives of Kohistan, Peshawar, Ghizer, Chilas, Rondu, Skardu, Mansehra, Swabi and Sindh.
Such attacks are a regular occurrence in Pakistan. Recently, a group called Tehreek-e Taliban (TTP) has carried out several such attacks. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack.
Calling this incident a ‘terrorist attack’, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Haji Gulbar Khan said in a statement, “The government will ensure appropriate punishment for the terrorists involved in the attack.”
The town of Chilas is located in the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan, near the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwestern Pakistan. Terrorist attacks there have increased significantly in recent years. The Pakistani Taliban or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for some of these attacks.