2015 Mastung bus attack

On May 29, 2015, twenty-two passengers on a bus in Mastung, Pakistan were killed by gunmen when the bus they were in was hijacked. The gunmen were disguised as Pakistani security members. United Baloch Army (UBA), a militant group operating in Balochistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.[1]

2015 Mastung bus attack
LocationMastung, Pakistan
DateMay 29, 2015 (2015-05-29)
PerpetratorsUnited Baloch Army

Attack edit

The attack happened at night when a coach bus was traveling from Quetta to Karachi. Between fifteen and twenty armed men arrived near the bus and forced all the passengers to get off the bus. The gunmen were disguised in security uniforms and arrived in three pickup trucks.[2] The gunmen entered the bus and kidnapped thirty-five passengers. Twenty-two bodies were located two kilometers away from the exact location of the attack.[3]

Aftermath edit

A large search for the gunmen the following day ensued, with five hundred ground troops and four helicopters assisting the search. Frontier Corps began a search operation in Khad Khocha and the areas surrounding Mastung. Since the attack, seven suspected terrorists involved have been killed.[4][5] As a result of the attack, many family members of the victims participated in a sit in protest at the provincial chief minister's house. Some protesters laid sixteen of the bodies in front of the governor's home. Some protesters also attempted to enter the chief ministers home, but were denied access by police officers.[6] The victims families received compensation from the provincial government.[7]

Mureed Baluch, spokesperson for the United Baloch Army, claimed that their group were the ones who perpetrated the attack.[8]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Balochistan Grapples with Sectarian Violence".
  2. ^ Yousufzai, Gul. "Gunmen kill 22 bus passengers in Pakistan attack". Reuters. Archived from the original on 31 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Gunmen disguised as Pakistani forces shoot 22 dead on buses". RTE. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  4. ^ Zafar, Mohammed (30 May 2015). "Mastung attack: Home minister blames RAW as death toll climbs to 22". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  5. ^ Shahid, Saleem (31 May 2015). "Seven eliminated in operation after Mastung carnage". DAWN. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ Reference 3
  7. ^ "At least 22 killed in Pakistan bus attack". Sky News. Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  8. ^ Sattar, Abdul. "After Pakistan bus attack, worry an insurgency growing worse". AP via Yahoo News. Retrieved 1 June 2015.