A bus was attacked near the town of Chilas in northern Pakistan, resulting in the deaths of eight passengers and injuries to nearly two dozen others. The attackers opened fire on the bus on Saturday evening, and the wounded were taken to a local hospital. Two soldiers were among those killed, and 26 passengers were wounded in the attack, some with bullet injuries. The bus was traveling the Karakoram Highway, one of the highest roads in the world. The attack occurred at about 6:30pm when the attackers opened fire at the bus, causing it to collide with an oncoming lorry. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and the motive for the shooting was unclear.
The chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Haji Gulbar Khan, stated that the government will ensure that the terrorists involved in the attack are given the appropriate punishment. Chilas is located in the mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan, near the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where attacks have been rising in recent years. Some of these attacks have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Chilas is a popular stopping point for tourists and is also near a China-backed dam under construction.
The attack came amid an increase in armed attacks across the country, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and southwestern Balochistan. Both provinces border Afghanistan. In July, a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a political rally in northwestern Pakistan’s Bajaur district, killing at least 44 people and wounding nearly 200. Last month, a Pakistan Air Force base came under attack in central Punjab province, which the military said was repulsed successfully.
News, World, Travel