Baluchistan Suicide Car Bomb Kills 19 on Shiite Buses to Iran
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September 3, 2013 A remotely detonated pickup truck bomb blew up as a a convoy of buses carrying 180 Shiite Muslims to Iran drove by. One bus was destroyed and two were damaged, one set afire. 19 people were killed including 4 women and injured 25 in Pakistan's insurgency-plauged southwestern Baluchistan province. No group claimed credit, but the area is a stronghold for extremist Sunni militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has links to Pakistani Taliban militants . Ethnic Hazaras, a Persian-speaking Shiite minority have been a frequent target as over 300 Shiites, many of them Hazaras, have been killed in Baluchistan since 2008, according to Human Rights Watch. In 2011, terrorists dragged 26 Hazara men and boys from another bus on its way to Iran and executed them.
Victims: Shia, probable Hazaras
Perpetrators: probable Sunni militants; Lashkar-e-Jhangvi allied with Pakistani Taliban