QUETTA, Pakistan

A Pakistani official says gunmen have ambushed a bus and killed 14 passengers after forcing them off the vehicle on a highway in the country’s southwest.

Local official Jehangir Dashti says it was unclear who was behind the killings before dawn Thursday.

He says about three dozen people were traveling to the southwestern port of Gawadar when gunmen stopped the bus and killed 14 people after checking their identity cards. The motive behind the killings is not known.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killings but Baluchi separatists often target security forces and people from Punjab, who tend to dominate the ranks of the military stationed in Baluchistan whom the separatists are fighting.

Separatists have waged a low-level insurgency in Baluchistan, demanding a fairer share of the province’s resources.

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Pakistan’s minority Shite Muslims have ended their days-long sit-in after successful talks with the government, which promised more steps to protect them in the southwestern city of Quetta following a suicide bombing there last week.

Members of the Hazara community ended their protest before dawn Tuesday.

Hundreds of Shiites began their protest Friday after the suicide bombing at an open-air market killed 20 people, including Shiites.

The bombing was claimed by Islamic State group, which views Shiites as apostates deserving of death.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which also is the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources such as gas and oil.

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Pakistani police say a powerful bomb has exploded at an open-air market in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 others.

Police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema says Friday’s bombing took place near a residential area where minority Shiite Muslims live.

He says authorities are transporting the dead and wounded to hospitals.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but outlawed Sunni extremist groups have claimed similar attacks in the past. Sunni extremists view Shiites as apostates deserving of death.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province, which also is the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources such as gas and oil.

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Pakistani authorities say militants overran a remote security outpost in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing six members of the paramilitary forces.

The Pakistani Taliban — known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan — claimed responsibility for the attack in Ziarat district early on Wednesday morning, saying in an Urdu-language statement that it was revenge for the deaths earlier of their comrades at the hands of the paramilitary Baluchistan Levies Force.

Qadir Baksh Pirkani, Ziarat district deputy commissioner, said the assault began in the early morning hours and that an investigation into the killing is underway.

Several insurgent groups operate in Baluchistan, including the Pakistani Taliban, a secessionist Baluchistan group and members of an Islamic State affiliate, which is based across the border in Afghanistan.

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Police in Pakistan say a bomb explosion aboard a moving train has killed at least three passengers and wounded seven others in the country’s volatile southwest.

Officer Abdullah Jamali says the bomb went off in one of the cars of a Quetta-bound train early Sunday, damaging five cars. He says two men and a woman were killed, and that women and children were among the wounded.

No one claimed responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists have attacked trains in the past.

The southwestern Baluchistan province has been the scene of a low-level separatist insurgency for well over a decade. The separatists accuse the central government of unfairly exploiting the region’s gas and mineral wealth.

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Police in Pakistan say a roadside bomb went off in a market, killing two people and wounding seven.

Police official Jamil Ahmed says Thursday’s blast, near the town of Panjgur, about 800 kilometers (480 miles) south of Quetta, damaged shops and vehicles.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the southwestern Baluchistan province, where the attack took place, has seen previous attacks by Islamic militants and separatists.

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Pakistani officials say flash floods and heavy winter rains have led to the deaths of 12 people in the country’s southwest and central regions.

The National Disaster Management Authority says flash flood submerged villages near the southwestern town of Lasbella, killing three people there and affecting 200 families.

In central Pakistan, nine were killed in three incidents of roofs on houses collapsing amid the rains, four of them in the city of Multan.

Imran Zarqoon, a spokesman for the provincial disaster authority says emergency workers are trying to rescue people from flooded parts of Lasbella in Baluchistan province.

Seasonal downpours cause frequent landslides and flash floods in Pakistan, causing casualties and damaging standing crops and houses.

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