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9 Killed in Bus Assault in Northern Pakistan

9 folks, together with two off-duty military personnel, have been killed when gunmen opened fireplace on a bus touring by way of northern Pakistan, inflicting it to crash into an oncoming truck and catch fireplace, officers mentioned Sunday.

The bus was attacked at round 6:30 pm native time (1330 GMT) on Saturday from either side by at the very least 5 militants.

“Following the firing, the bus misplaced management and collided with an oncoming truck. Subsequently, each autos caught fireplace. Among the many casualties are each drivers,” mentioned Arif Ahmed Khan, a senior authorities official for the district.

He mentioned eight folks died on the scene whereas one particular person later died in hospital.

Two military troops who have been taking go away have been amongst these killed, whereas 25 others have been wounded.

The assault occurred close to Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan, alongside the Karakoram Freeway that connects the capital Islamabad to the mountainous north and China, tracing one of many many paths of the traditional Silk Highway.

The bus was touring south to the garrison metropolis of Rawalpindi, which neighbors the capital.

No group has claimed duty for the assault, however the area has lengthy grappled with sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

Chilas, a city throughout the in style vacationer vacation spot of Gilgit-Baltistan, lies near the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, a Chinese language-backed mega mission being constructed on the River Indus.