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Gunmen Kill Six Policemen In Southwest Pakistan


Pakistan Naval soldiers as they stand guard at the port of Gwadar, some 700 km west of Karachi. (file photo)

Gunmen have killed at least six tribal police officers and wounded four others in an attack in southwest Pakistan.

Abdullah Rind, spokesman for the Levies tribal police, said the attack occurred late on August 25 in the city of Gwadar, near the Iranian border.

He said the attackers fired a rocket and then opened fire on a vehicle carrying the policemen, who were returning from a border town near Iran.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although previous attacks have been blamed by authorities on ethnic Baluch separatist groups that have waged a low-level insurgency in Balochistan Province for years.

The resource-rich province is also a safe haven for the Afghan Taliban, whose leadership is believed to be based there.

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Balochistan in May.

Based on reporting by AP and Geo News
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