Three Coal Miners Killed in Attack in Balochistan in Pakistan
Local media reported that unidentified attackers have killed three coal miners in the troubled south eastern province of Balochistan of Pakistan. A statement from district officials in Marwar, about 60 kilometres north of the provincial capital, Quetta, said those killed in the August 24 attack were civilians who were working in the coal mines in that area. The gunmen opened indiscriminate fire and 3 young coal miners were killed on the spot as they suffered multiple bullet injuries,
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Balochistan has been the scene of frequent militant attacks and a long-running insurgency by groups seeking independence for the mineral and gasrich province bordering Iran and Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban also has a presence there.