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Madrid Voices 'Grief' After Pakistani Police Killed Protecting Spanish Cyclist

Police and security officials gather near the wreckage of a bus which was hit by a bomb attack in Balochistan.
QUETTA, Pakistan -- Spain's government has expressed its "grief" to Pakistan after gunmen shot dead six Pakistani police who were escorting a Spanish bicyclist through the violence-prone Balochistan Province.

The bicyclist reportedly received only minor injuries from the January 22 attack in the Mastung district, outside of Balochistan's capital, Quetta. At least six other police were reported injured.

The Spaniard arrived in Balochistan this week after traveling in neighboring Iran as part of a bid to cycle around the world, according to his blog.

He was apparently assigned bodyguards because of the chronic unrest in Balochistan, which included the kidnapping of two Czech women last year, as well as sectarian, Islamist militant, separatist, and criminal violence.

In the same area Tuesday, nearly 30 Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims were killed in a bomb attack on their bus.

With reporting by AFP, Reuters and AP