Gunmen kill 10 laborers near port in southwest Pakistan

The labourers were killed by unknown attackers in Pushkan and Gunt, areas in Gwadar, Balochistan when they were busy in road construction.

Two labourers wounded in the shootings were taken to hospital where one of them died from his injuries, Zareef said.

Rescuers, police, and paramilitary troops were dispatched to Pishgan and Gant Road where gunmen targeted Labourers who had been working for the provincial government at two separate construction sites on three kilometres apart along the same road. Unidentified assailants on motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on the labourers and fled the scene.

Ganz is desolate coastal village on the Makran coast, 50 kilometers from Gwadar.

Balochistan's Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the death toll.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives.

Sources added that the site of the incident has been cordoned off by security forces and a sweeping operation is under way.

Some of the victims have been identified as Bashir Ahmed, Muhammad Asif, Rasool Bakhsh, Muhammad Hakeem, Huzoor Bakhsh, Abdul Waheen and Muhkim Lakhu.

The city Kandiaro in the Naushahro Feroze District of Sindh from where the ten labourers who were shot dead in Gwadar hailed drenched in sorrow as soon as their dead bodies arrived. These attacks were blamed on Baloch separatists and Taliban militants.

The incident occurs as Pakistan and China inks agreements aimed at boosting cooperation in various sectors between the two countries on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, which is underway in Beijing at the moment.

Militants trying to disrupt the CPEC project have killed more than 44 workers since 2014.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suspected separatists often target non-native labourers in the Province.

"We will ensure all necessary measures to fully realize our dream of a developed and prosperous Baluchistan", he said. The attack in Mustang killed 26 people.

  • Jon Douglas