Gunmen Kill 19 Bus Passengers in Pakistan

According to the home minister of Baluchistan province, gunmen have killed at least 19 passengers they had forced off buses traveling from the western Pakistani city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast. The assault occurred late on Friday in the town of Mastung, around 40km south of Quetta. A statement said that the armed men were wearing the uniforms of the security forces and that bodies of 19 passengers had been found so far. Security officials claim that around 25 passengers were taken off two buses, and an operation had been launched to find them. The circumstances of their deaths could not immediately be established, and the motives of the assailants were unclear.