14 killed when gunmen open fire on bus in Pakistan

Pakistani Shiite Muslims look at a bullet-riddled bus in Quetta on October 4, 2011.

Story highlights

  • Fourteen Shia Muslims die in bus attack, Quetta police say
  • Police say they have arrested eight suspects
  • The Sunni militant group Lashkar e Jhangvi claims responsibility
Fourteen people died when gunmen ambushed a passenger bus outside of Quetta Tuesday, the capital of the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, local police said.
Thirteen died at the scene and one died later, police said.
Police have arrested eight suspects in connection with the attack, Quetta Police official Ahsan Mehboob said. They were being interrogated, he sid.
Lashkar e Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
All of the victims were Shia Muslims. Many were shopkeepers and merchants going to their shops at a market outside Quetta.
Seven people were injured, Mehboob said.
Police said the gunmen stopped the bus, walked in and opened fire on the passengers.
Balochistan province has long been plagued by sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shiites.
Police suspect the victims were targeted because they were Shiites.
Angry rioters burned a bus at a hospital in Quetta where the injured were taken, authorities said.