Gunmen Kill 4 Officers in Pakistan

Gunmen Kill 4 Officers in PakistanGunmen Kill 4 Officers in Pakistan

Police in Pakistan said gunmen in the country’s southwest opened fire on a vehicle carrying police officers, killing four of them before fleeing.

Senior police officer Abdur Razzak Cheema said the attack took place Saturday in the city of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, AP reported.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on domestic militants who have been blamed for previous attacks.

Pakistan’s Balochistan Province has been the scene of a low-scale insurgency for years. Separatists there often attack police and paramilitary security forces to pressure the government into allocating more wealth from resources like natural gas and oil extracted from the province.

Balochistan also has witnessed recent sectarian violence against the country’s minority Shia Muslims.

On Friday night, gunmen disguised as members of the Pakistani security forces killed at least 22 passengers after forcing them off buses traveling from the western city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast. The assault occurred in the town of Mastung, around 40 km south of Quetta. All of the victims in that attack were Ismailis from Pakistan’s minority community.