Gunmen have killed 15 men and a police official and three of his family members in separate attacks in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.
DarmoonBawani, an administrator in Turbat district, said the 15 men were killed in a mountain village and their bodies were found on Wednesday. The victims ranged in age from 18 to 30 years, and all came from the populous Punjab province.
The men were reportedly planning to cross into Iran on their way to Europe, seeking jobs as migrant laborers.
No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. Workers from Punjab have come under attack in the past by Baloch separatists. Several militant groups are also active across the region.