Quetta, April 11, 2015:Â 20 construction workers were killed by Gunmen in Pakistan’s Southwestern province of Baluchistan.
The gunmen shot the workers at point blank range after detecting where they were from, as told by officials on Saturday.
Senior police official Tariq Khilji told AFP, “Armed gunmen stormed the camp of labourers in Gokh Don area of Baluchistan late Â Friday night and killed 20 labourers,”
He further added that those killed ones were from outside the province. 16 of them were from Punjab and 4 from Sindh province. The labourers were working on construction of a small local bridge at the time of attack.
Akbar Hussain Durrani, a senior administration official in the province said some of the labourers reported being woken from their sleep by the sound of gunshots and screams.
“They had lined them up and shot them at point blank range after identifying their identity.” he stated.
Hussain claimed that paramilitary troops were guarding the labourers but ran away when opposed by a huge number of armed Â attackers.
Nobody has taken responsibility for the incident. However, Hussain said revolutionists had attacked non-Baluch settlers in the Â area in the past.
Human rights groups have claimed Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies of serious abuses in Baluchistan long ago. Â But, the security services deny the accusation and say they are fighting a fierce rebellion in the province.