Gilgit, February 28 (updated 02:50)
Outlawed organization Jundullah has, reportedly, accepted responsibility for the murder of at least 18 Shia pilgrim this morning. Express Tribune has reported that a man named Marwat, head of Jundullah, has approached the media and accepted responsibility for the brutal murder of at least 18 people, including children and women.
Earlier, the BBC had reported that all victims of this tragic bus ambush belonged to the Shia community.
There are reports that majority of the victims belong to Gilgit, Nagar and Bagrote areas of the Gilgit Baltistan region.
A bus was attacked early morning today by unknown people in the Kohistan area, near Harban Nala. At least 18 people were killed and scores more injured as a result of the attack.
According to details, vehicle number ML 8371 was attacked in Harban Nala area, leading to indiscriminate massacre of passengers. The bus was, reportedly, carrying 26 passengers belonging to Gilgit – Baltistan. 7 people were injured in the incident, according to media sources.
The situation in Gilgit has become tense and traffic has disappeared from the road. Shops and markets have started closing down in fear of a backlash, according to local people.
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