19 pilgrims killed, 25 injured in Pakistan blast

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 08:24 hrs

Islamabad: As many as 19 people, including four women, were killed and 25 injured Sunday when a militant rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of three buses carrying Shia pilgrims in Pakistan's Balochistan province, Geo News reported.

The incident took place in Mastung district when the buses were taking pilgrims from the province's Taftan town to Quetta city. All the pilgrims were from Multan city and on their way to Iran via Quetta.

One of the buses, carrying 43 passengers, was completely gutted, while another was partially damaged in the targeted attack, when the attacker rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the bus, killing 19 pilgrims and injuring 25 others, said Mastung Deputy Commissioner Tufail Baloch.

According to one of the bus drivers, the vehicles caught fire following the blast. One bus was completely destroyed while another was partially damaged. The third vehicle was unaffected in the incident.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the attack, reports Xinhua.

No group had so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

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