9 Shot Dead in Volatile Pakistan Province

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A Pakistani police officer said unknown gunmen have shot eight people dead and injured one in an insurgency-hit part of southwestern Pakistan.

9 Shot Dead in Volatile Pakistan Province

Senior police officer, Bashir Brohi, told the AFP news agency on Sunday that the victims were laborers from eastern Punjab province who were abducted and shot while working in Balochistan province's poultry industry.

Gunmen stormed a poultry farm in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Hub, some 640 kilometres southwest of Balochistan province's capital city Quetta.

They kidnapped 11 laborers, senior local administration official Fawad Soomro said, and questioned them over their ethnicities, AFP reported.

"They blindfolded the nine workers belonging to Punjab province and shot them while setting two Baloch workers free," he said.

He added that the freed Baloch workers made their way to a local police station to report the crime.

Balochistan is a sparsely populated province that is rich in mineral and gas resources province.

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