Turbat: (Friday, July 6, 2012) As the law and order situation in Balochsitan gets further fragile, in result of indiscriminate firing on a bus that was travelling to Iran, at least 18 people got killed.

According to the details, the assailants stopped the bus and forcefully disembarked the passengers before shooting them dead.

Sharing details of the incident with the journalists, a Levies official said that the passengers were travelling to Iran to find employment. Out of 20 people in the bus, fate of two passengers could not be immediately ascertained,
told the news.

Right after the incident, police and Levies officials reached the site and have already begun their investigations to reach to the assailants.

While the authorities are busy in finding the facts that may lead in furthering the investigations, no group has claimed responsibility of the event as yet.

The Turbat-Iran road is usually used by the Shia pilgrims travelling to and from Iran, however the ethnicity of those killed in the attack have not been ascertained as yet.

Earlier, in a similar incident, 14 Shia of Hazara community were killed after the unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus with 50 passengers. The bus was travelling from Taftan to Iran.

The responsibility of that incident was claimed by the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

In this year alone, this is the fourth time when the pilgrims to Iran have been attacked and killed.

According to different civil society organizations and government agencies, ethnic and sectarian violence incidents have claimed more than 400 lives in Balochistan that can be termed as most troubled province of the country at
the moment.