Gunmen Kill Four Policemen in SW Pakistan


Motorcycle gunmen shot dead four policemen in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan Saturday, police said.

The attackers sprayed bullets at police on a routine vehicle patrol in Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich province, which is plagued by sectarian violence, a tribal insurgency and attacks by Taliban militants.

"Three policemen died on the spot, while one expired at hospital," senior police official Zubair Mehmood told Agence France Presse.

Doctor Noor Mohammed at local government hospital confirmed the death toll.

Gun and bomb attacks frequently target police and security personnel in Baluchistan, where insurgents in 2004 began fighting for autonomy and a greater share of the region's natural mineral wealth.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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