ISLAMABAD: At least 18 people belong to shias minority were killed in ambushed by jundallah gunmen in northern Pakistan according to the government official quoted by local media.
According to the local media jundallah a banned and outlawed group claimed the responsibility of the attack soon after the incident saying,
“They were Shiite infidels and our mujahedeen shot them dead one by one after bringing them down from a bus,” said Ahmed Marwat, a commander, according to the Associated Press.
The bus was carrying mostly shias passengers to the northern town of Gilgit, according to local news reports. It came under attack in the mountainous Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
The incident was widely condemned by the politicians and religious parties across the country.
Jammat islami chief syed munwar hassan alleged that government has miserably failed to maintain law and order and protect the life and property of the people, and the carnage of innocent passengers on highways was the worst form of brutality.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani condemned the killings and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Jundallha is the same group who targeted the convoy of Ahsan Saleem Hayar then Karachi corps commander in june 2004.
Imamia Students Organisation and Wahadat-ul-Muslimeen warned the march towards the Parliament House on friday if the government fails to arrest those responsible for the attack.