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Gun and suicide attack kills 24 near Pakistan-Iran border

Residents help an injured Shiite relative following an attack in the south-west Pakistani town of Taftan, at a hospital in Quetta on June 9, 2014Quetta (Pakistan) (AFP) – At least 24 Shiite pilgrims — including 10 women — were killed in a gun and suicide attack on the restive Pakistan-Iran border, officials said Monday, the latest assault on the beleaguered minority sect. The attack late Sunday night came when a bus carrying Pakistani pilgrims returning from a visit to holy Muslim sites in Iran stopped at a restaurant in the Pakistani town of Taftan in troubled Baluchistan province. “In total 24 Shiite pilgrims including 10 women were killed in the attack. There are 13 others including eight women and five men who were wounded,” Akbar Durrani, a province official, told AFP.

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