Heavily-armed assailants have shot dead at least 14 people after pulling them from several passenger buses in a remote area of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, officials say, Trend reports citing Press TV.
The attack took place on the Makran coastal highway between Karachi and the Gwadar port in the troubled region early Thursday morning, they said.
Ziaullah Langove, home minister for Balochistan, said the passengers were killed after the attackers checked their identity cards and forced them out on the highway.
"Terrorists offloaded 14 persons from different buses after checking their NICs. They took them and killed them," Langove said, referring to Pakistani national identity cards.
The dead passengers had their legs and hands tied and were found close to the town of Ormara, about halfway between Karachi and Gwadar, he added.
Hours after the ambush, the little-known separatist group Baloch Raji Aajoi Sangar claimed responsibility for the latest assault.