VIDEO: Militants attacked a bus in Pakistan full of passengers, nine people died
Nine people, including two soldiers, died in an attack by militants on a bus in northern Pakistan, while more than 20 were wounded, local police said today.
The attack took place last night on the Karakoram highway that connects Pakistan and China and passes through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been a hotbed of terrorism in the past due to the presence of the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups.
The bus was carrying passengers from Gilgit to Rawalpindi when it was fired upon, causing the driver to lose control and hit a truck, which burst into flames killing both drivers on the spot.
Gunmen attacked a bus near the town of Chilas in northern Pakistan, killing at least eight passengers and wounding at least 15, district and regional officials said https://t.co/v7lCif911a pic.twitter.com/NNUvajwDoG
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According to local authorities, at least 26 people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.
The Gilgit police chief called the attack an act of terrorism.
Pakistan's caretaker prime minister Anwar ul-Haq Kakkar condemned the attack, saying "anti-state elements will not be allowed to sabotage peace in Gilgit Baltistan" and vowed to continue the fight "against terrorists".
A special investigation team has been formed to investigate the attack and arrest those responsible.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.